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

03 March 2018

This latest lawsuit comes from one of Google's former recruiters, after he claimed he was sacked for ignoring company orders to reject white and Asian male job applicants. Which one is it?

"We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", a representative from Google told the Journal in a statement.

Google, which has since rejected the charge, defended its efforts in creating a diverse workforce.

YouTube's diversity hiring practices are being questioned.

The company also "had a practice of systematically discriminating against older engineers in its hiring practices", according to the suit.

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"The stated goal of these policies was to achieve "Diversity" in the Google workforce and to manage public relations problems arising from the under-representation of women and certain minority groups in the Google workforce, particularly in engineering positions". Each of these new employees allegedly must have been from an underrepresented group, and recruiters used what was known as a "diversity tracker" to keep a count of the number of minorities hired. "In his complaint, which was filed at the end of January in San Mateo, Calif., Wilberg says he and other recruiters had to nix interviews if the applicants weren't black, female, or Hispanic, and that applications that didn't fall under those demographics were to be "[purged] entirely".

Google said in a statement to the Wall Street Journal that the lawsuit had no merit and that no quotas were being used. A lawsuit filed last month by a former Google engineer claims that the company's "bro culture" contributes to a toxic environment where women are regularly subjected to sexual harassment. Chevalier, who is a transgender and disabled, stated that the search giant has failed to protect the minority, female and LGBTQ employees who have to go through continuous harassment on the internal forums.

A former YouTube employee has filed a discrimination suit against the world's largest video site, alleging that its policy was to hire zero white or Asian men for tech positions. But, on the other hand, the company took stern and quick actions against the employees who encountered racism, homophobia and sexism at work.

When James Damore posted an inflammatory memo to an internal Google message board last year, he unleashed a bitterness that had seemingly been simmering beneath the surface of Silicon Valley for years. 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.

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