According to areport
by the Wall Street Journal, a civil lawsuit by a former employee at
YouTube alleges that beginning last year, the company stopped hiring white
and Asian males for technical roles because they did not help the site
achieve its goals for improving diversity.
lawsuit was filed by Arne Wilberg, who worked at Google for nine years,
four of which were spent at YouTube as a recruiter. He alleges that last
spring, recruiters were told to cancel all interviews with candidates
who were not female, black or Hispanic, and to “purge entirely” all
other applicants who did not fit those groups.
denied the accusations, saying in a statement “We have a clear policy to
hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity…At the same
time, we unapologetically try to find a diverse pool of qualified
candidates for open roles, as this helps us hire the best people,
improve our culture and build better products.”
to the WSJ’s report however, others familiar with the hiring practices
at Google and YouTube corroborated several of the lawsuit’s allegations.
his lawsuit, Mr. Wilberg, who is 40-years-old, claims that in the
first quarter of 2016, recruiters were each expected to hire five new
employees from underrepresented groups. He brought complaints about the
quotas to several managers at YouTube and then escalated the issue to
managers Google, the parent company. He alleges that his complaints led
to his firing in November 2017.
his allegations prove to be true, YouTube would be running afoul of both
federal and California antidiscrimination laws for making hiring
decisions based on race and gender.