April 21, 2018

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

03 March 2018, 05:00 | Yvette Williams

A lawsuit alleges Google set hiring quotas for some technical positions. Justin Sullivan Getty Images

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A former YouTube employee has filed a civil lawsuit against the company saying that it is not hiring white or Asian men so it can reach diversity quotas, The Wall Street Journal reported. In addition, the management reportedly deleted the e-mails and other documents detailing diversity policies when hiring.

It will be interesting to see what evidence Arnie WIlberg has, or doesn't have, especially with the previous things that have come out about Google. Which one is it? "We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", a Google spokesperson said in a statement to The Wall Street Journal.

The company is now facing two other gender based lawsuits, one alleging it discriminates against woman and another arguing discrimination against conservative white men. As mentioned previously, last month former Google employee Tim Chevalier sued his former employer.

Damore, however, is going ahead with the class-action lawsuit against the search giant where he is determined to prove the discrimination against white conservative men. In response, Google CEO Sundar Pichai condemned his views.

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In his lawsuit, Wilberg, 40, also claims Google discriminated against him personally, firing him in November 2017 for his race and sex as a result of his complaints over the company's policies. In the lawsuit, Loretta Lee, a former software engineer, noted that she faced lewd comments, pranks, and even physical violence from colleagues.

Last month Google was hit with another discrimination lawsuit after Tim Chevalier alleged he was sacked for his liberal political activism whilst working for the company. Earlier this year, a lawsuit alleged that the company has failed to do enough for female workers and racial minorities. Chevalier, in the lawsuit, also talked about an HR representative, who talked with him previous year in September about the posts and internal forums.

The controversy comes as Silicon Valley companies grapple with how to increase workforce diversity in an industry dominated by white men and permeated with corporate cultures that seem biased against women and female engineers.

The lawsuit suggests that some of Google's efforts were clumsy, and may have been counterproductive.

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