Lawsuit: YouTube Stopped Hiring White and Asian Males to Improve Diversity

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Wilberg alleges that Google set quotas for the hiring of minorities at the company which resulted in discrimination against white and Asian male employees.

In March 2017, a YouTube staffing manager emailed recruiters to ask them to consider only "candidates that are from historically underrepresented groups" for certain positions, Wilberg claimed.

According to claims made in a lawsuit filed by a former recruiter for Google's YouTube video site, the company instructed staff to stop hiring white and Asian men a year ago in an attempt to improve corporate diversity.

The complaint contends that in response to Wilberg's efforts to challenge the diversity scheme, Google "on occasion would circulate emails instructing its employees purge any and all references to the race/ gender quotas from its e-mail database in a transparent effort to wipe out any paper trail of Google's illegal practices".

A Google spokeswoman said the company will vigorously defend itself against the lawsuit. "We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", a spokesman said.

The Wall Street Journal, in reporting on Wilberg's lawsuit, noted that "people familiar with YouTube's and Google's hiring practices" corroborated both the hiring freeze and the use of quotas. When Wilberg did not adhere to those rules, his performance reviews suffered, he alleges. "How come he never surfaced to his management when he went weeks and months without seeing a person of color in an onsite interview?.Where was this desire for fairness when he would see salary offers to women engineers significantly less than comparably qualified men?" "You could have spoken up years ago for people who were actually being discriminated against".

Wilberg claimed that Google implemented "clear and irrefutable policies" meant to exclude white and Asian men in an attempt to increase the company's overall diversity. James Damore, who was sacked after criticizing Google's diversity efforts, filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in January.

Just Thursday, Gizmodo reported that a former female software engineer had filed a lawsuit accusing the company of condoning a "bro-culture" that encouraged sexual harassment and turning a blind eye to harmful pranks and physical violence. In a way, Google even popularized the idea of transparency around diversity numbers as a defensive tactic against claims about systemic inequality.

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's alleged the company instigated a policy to further workforce diversity.

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