YouTube stopped hiring white and Asian men in a blunt attempt to make the company more diverse, a lawsuit claims.
Arne Wilberg, a former recruiter at the Google-owned video website, said he was fired for speaking out against the company’s practices last year when it cancelled interviews with candidates who were not female, black or Hispanic for technical jobs.
Mr Wilberg’s lawsuit said YouTube implemented “clear and irrefutable policies” meant to exclude white and Asian men in an attempt to increase the company’s overall diversity, and claims the company broke discrimination laws when it dismissed him after nine years working for Google.
The lawsuit targets Google and 25 unnamed Google employees who allegedly enforced discriminatory hiring rules. It claims that for several quarters, Google would only hire people from historically underrepresented groups for technical positions.
In one hiring round, the team was allegedly instructed to cancel all software engineering interviews with non-diverse applicants below a certain experience level, and to “purge entirely any applications by non-diverse employees from the hiring pipeline.”
California labour law prohibits refusing to hire employees based on characteristics like race or gender.
Wilberg also alleges that several employees complained to Google about the company’s hiring policies, but were either ignored, transferred, or demoted.
The only thing that should be considered in the recruitment process is whether the candidate possesses the right qualifications and experience/aptitude for the job, not what colour or gender they are.
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