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

Google is being sued by a former recruiter who alleges he was sacked for complaining to his managers about hiring practices to "boost diversity" that discriminated against white and asian men.

In a lawsuit filed by Arne Wilberg, a white male who was employed by Google for nine years and worked as a YouTube recruiter for four, he claims that recruiters were told to focus on interviews with female, Black, or Hispanic applicants, and to "purge entirely" the applications of those who weren't.

It is the latest diversity row to hit Google, coming in the same week as a separate lawsuit claiming that a toxic "bro culture" discriminated against women.

In an email to The Register, a Google spokesperson said the company intends to vigorously defend against these claims.

To help prove his allegations, Wilberg included a screenshot of a Google tracking system - which was subsequently deleted - that kept track of candidates' gender and race, pointing out that the company had not reached their goals in respect to hiring female, black and Latinx candidates.

He claims he "repeatedly opposed these illegal and discriminatory hiring practices by complaining to his managers and HR", telling them "it was illegal to have such hiring quotas favoring certain groups based on race and gender".

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Wilberg, who spent nine years at Google before he was sacked last November, worked as a YouTube recruiter for four years.

What's more, Wilberg pointed to an email from YouTube staffing manager Allison Alogna which read: "Hi Team: Please continue with L3 candidates in process and only accept new L3 candidates that are from historically underrepresented groups".

Wilberg alleges he was sacked in retaliation for complaining to human resources about the company's hiring practices.

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. During that period, he claims the company put a freeze on hiring White and Asian men while also setting hiring quotas for so-called "diversity candidates".

The recruiter, Arne Wilberg, claimed that he was sacked in November 2017 because he complained about the hiring practices, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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).

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