YouTube faces lawsuit after allegedly refusing to hire white or Asian males

03 March, 2018, 04:57 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
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The critics of Google's effort to promote workforce diversity now include one of its own former recruiters, who claims in a lawsuit he was sacked because he didn't toe the line on rejecting white and Asian male job candidates.

According to Wilberg, Google had "irrefutable policies, memorialised in writing and consistently implemented in practice, of systematically discriminating in favor job applicants who are Hispanic, African American, or female, and against Caucasian and Asian men", Bloomberg reported.

As the The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, a lawsuit filed in January by former YouTube recruiter Arne Wilberg alleges that he was sacked for resisting what he calls illegal and discriminatory efforts to diversify Google's workforce. "We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", Google's spokesperson said.

After Damore was terminated, he and another white engineer filed a discrimination lawsuit against his former employer.

Wilberg's lawsuit alleges that he faced discrimination from Google over his sex and race and retaliated against his complaints by firing him, violating antidiscrimination laws in the process.

According to the suit, Wilberg's manager, Allison Alogna, told staff to cancel interviews with Level 3 software engineers (those with 0-5 years' experience) if they were not female, black, or Hispanic. He alleges that YouTube attempted to hide their blatant hiring bias and that he was told in a meeting in January 2016 that the company had to "clean up" its diversity hiring practices.

It is important to note that as of 2017, 69% of Google's total workforce was male, a slight decrease from 70% in 2014. The lawsuit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court notes that the management used to delete the emails among other records that talked of the diversity requirements. It goes on to say how Wilberg received high marks for his performance as a recruiter until he began pushing back against Google in its diverse workforce hiring practices in 2017. In one case, the suit claims, hiring managers pressured Wilberg to make an applicant over 40 apply for a position he wasn't qualified for so the job seeker would fail to gain employment at Google.



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