Lawsuit: YouTube divisions job postings exclude white and Asian men

Alyssa Bailey
March 4, 2018

Wilberg, who recruited engineers for Google's and YouTube's parent company Alphabet, said he was sacked after complaining to upper management about the discriminatory hiring practices, and alleges that other members of his team were either disregarded, transferred or demoted. Wilberg's lawsuit claims that YouTube recruiters were told to cancel interviews with applicants that weren't female, black or Hispanic and to "purge entirely" any applications that did not fit those criteria.

Arne Wilberg, who worked at Google and its YouTube unit for about nine years both as a contractor and an employee, claims he was terminated in retaliation for complaining to human resources about the company's hiring practices. The lawsuit, filed in January in California's San Mateo County Superior Court, claims Wilberg was sacked by Google in retaliation for complaining to human resources about the company's hiring practices, the news agency reported.

"We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", the company said Thursday.

Wilberg, according to the lawsuit, "repeatedly told [his managers] that it was illegal to have such hiring quotas favoring certain groups based on race and gender, that it violated state and federal law, and that Google must immediately cease and desist from engaging, in such illegal hiring practices".

Google fired him for complaining about the company's hiring, though he was "an exemplary employee", according to the lawsuit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court.

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.

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Wilberg's suit, filed January 29, states that he worked for seven years at Google, including time on the team for tech staffing at YouTube, the company's video-streaming unit. After writing a memo critical of Google's hiring practices, Damore was sacked and accused of misogyny for suggesting biological differences between men and women might explain, in part, why Google engineers are overwhelmingly male.

The lawsuit filed by Mr. Wilberg and people familiar with the hiring practices allege that since at least 2016, YouTube recruiters had hiring quotas or targets for "diversity candidates", including black, Hispanic and female candidates.

Google is facing diverse diversity lawsuits.

It is not the first time the company is criticized over its diversity practices.

Arne Wilberg worked at Google for almost a decade. Managers then reportedly deleted all emails about diversity goals in an attempt to hide them from any further scrutiny.

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