Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Lawsuit: YouTube stopped hiring white and Asian males to improve corporate diversity

Lawsuit: YouTube stopped hiring white and Asian males to improve corporate diversity

The lawsuit also alleges that Google would systematically and regularly instruct its hiring teams to delete emails and any documentation that addressed hiring quotas, in a "transparent effort to wipe out any paper trail of Google's illegal practices".

According to Wilberg, Google seems to prioritize diversity in its workforce over competence, alleging that he was sacked as a result of his complaints to managers in which he states the company's "illegal and discriminatory hiring practices", pointing to management deleting emails that held content regarding various supposedly clandestine hiring choices.

Wilberg said his manager sent an email to his team a year ago, telling them to only accept candidates from "historically underrepresented groups" for a particular job opening.

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

Google is facing diverse diversity lawsuits. 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".

What do you think of Wilberg's lawsuit? 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".

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California labor law prohibits employers from making job decisions based on characteristics like race or gender. Damore was subsequently fired by Google.

The lawsuit suggests that some of Google's efforts were clumsy, and may have been counterproductive. The company is now facing a Federal complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board in April for interfering with employees' legal right to discuss "workplace diversity and social justice initiatives.' The complaint alleges that Senior Vice President Urs Holzle and numerous managers in his organization actively stoked up witch hunts in 2015 and 2016 meant to muzzle low-level employees who raised concerns about the company's practices". According to the complaint, YouTube developed an interview panel policy called Project Mirror where managers would have two black engineers on each panel for black candidates and two Hispanic engineers on the panel for Hispanic candidates.

Wilberg claims that his performance reviews began to suffer as he refused to follow YouTube's diversity hiring agenda.

Officer of Google, and Eileen Naughton ("Naughton"), the Human Resources Director of Google. Miley tweeted. "Save me the dogwhistle lawsuits and fake indignation". In one case, it claims, hiring managers pressured Wilberg to make an applicant over 40 apply for a position he wasn't qualified for so the job seeker would fail to gain employment at Google.

Another former Google employee is suing Google for wrongful termination.

Google has denied the company implemented discriminatory policies toward Caucasian and Asian men.

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