Lawsuit: YouTube divisions job postings exclude white and Asian men

Leigh Mccormick
March 3, 2018

According to the Wall Street Journal, the tech firm set quotas for diversity that resulted in discrimination of the two groups. The lawsuit, filed in January in a California court, claims the company fired Wilberg, who worked also as a YouTube recruiter during his time at Google, for voicing his concern about the company's recruiting strategies.

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 launched an investigation into YouTube's hiring practices in 2016, but recruiting managers allegedly tried to cover up the practices in question, including asking recruiters to delete emails and references to tracking a candidate's diversity status.

Wilberg claims that his performance reviews began to suffer as he refused to follow YouTube's diversity hiring agenda. He was eventually fired in November of 2017.

Wilberg has alleged that in 2016 and 2017, he and his fellow recruiters were told on several occasions to approve or dismiss job candidates based exclusively on whether they were women, black or Latino.

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Wilberg is not the only white male tech employee who has publicly bashed Google's penchant to diversify. 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".

Another former Google employee is suing Google for wrongful termination.

In Damore's manifesto that was circulated last summer, he claimed that women were biologically inferior to their male counterparts, amongst other controversial statements. Following the Damore incident, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated that he has no regrets over firing Damore, but said he is sad about the perception of people who "misunderstand that we may have made this for a political belief one way or another". "We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity", Google's spokesperson said.

According to the Verge, Google's workforce is now 69% male and 91% white or Asian.

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