YouTube sued by former employee for not hiring white and Asian males

YouTube sued by former employee for not hiring white and Asian males

YouTube past year stopped hiring white and Asian males for technical positions because they didn't help the world's largest video site achieve its goals for improving diversity, according to a civil lawsuit filed by a former employee.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit is former Google employee Arne Wilberg, who worked for Youtube's parent company for nine years and as a human resources recruiter for Youtube for four years.

A Google spokesperson claimed they will "vigorously defend" the lawsuit: "We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity".

Further, she stated that the company is not hesitant in accepting that they look for a diverse pool of qualified candidates for open roles, and this helps them in hiring the best people, improve culture and build better products. He has now filed a lawsuit against the company for wrongful termination.

Wilberg claims that Google has "irrefutable policies" that discriminate against Caucasian and Asian male candidates in favor of female, Black, and Hispanic candidates.

The lawsuit was filed in January in California's San Mateo County Superior Court and alleges that Wilberg was sacked after he complained multiple times about the hiring practices. Wilberg says he complained about the practices and was ultimately fired in November.

Wilberg's lawsuit targets Google and 25 unnamed Google employees who allegedly enforced discriminatory hiring rules, quoting a number of emails and other documents. Google and many other technology giants started publicly sharing data on racial and gender diversity in 2014 and have faced pressure to increase the percentage of their workforce that isn't white or Asian men. He was also told to cancel interviews of men who were white or Asian.

Replying to Wilberg's lawsuit, Google told the Wall Street Journal that they hire based on merit.

The lawsuit has been filed in state court in Redwood City, California, and the case is Wilberg v. Google 18-CIV-00442, California Superior Court, San Mateo County (Redwood City).

It claimed the manager of YouTube's tech staffing management team, Allison Alogna, sent an email in March 2017 indicating that new level-three software engineering candidates - specifically, geeks with five years of experience or less - must be from "historically underrepresented groups".

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