YouTube Hiring for Some Positions Excluded White and Asian Males, Lawsuit Says

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03 March, 2018

Thursday, Arne Wilberg, a former technical recruiter in Google's YouTube unit, filed suit, alleging that YouTube illegally used quotas as recently as past year in an attempt to hire more black, Latinx, and female engineers. The lawsuit claims YouTube recruiters past year were told not to interview applicants who weren't black, female, or Hispanic, and to "purge entirely" applications from potential employees who didn't fit those categories.

Arne Wilberg, who worked at Google for nine years, alleges Google set quotas for hiring minorities, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

"We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", a spokeswoman said. Last week, Tim Chevalier, a former engineer, sued Google for wrongful termination over pro-diversity comments he made criticizing white privilege. Last year, Google engineer James Damore was sacked because he wrote a memo that was widely circulated amongst employees that conservative white men were "ostracized" in favor of minorities and women.

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Wilberg claims that Google has "irrefutable policies" that discriminate against Caucasian and Asian male candidates in favor of female, Black, and Hispanic candidates. Wilberg says that he was instructed to toss applications that weren't from women and underrepresented minorities (black and Hispanic), as well as cancel interviews with people who didn't meet these criteria.

What's more, Wilberg pointed to an email from YouTube staffing manager Allison Alogna which read: "Hi Team: Please continue with L3 candidates in process and only accept new L3 candidates that are from historically underrepresented groups". USA Today is reporting that Arnie Wilberg, who was a recruiter for YouTube alleges that management also deleted emails and other records of diversity requirements. "Beginning of Q3--we hire for 2018-all diverse", a company memo told recruiters a year ago, according to Wilberg.

Arne Wilberg worked at Google for almost a decade. Google is certainly facing the heat to diversify its workforce and reform its mostly white-and-Asian male workforce to constitute more women and people of color. However, the Journal cites anonymous sources that corroborate some of Wilberg's claims.


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