YouTube Stopped Hiring White Men To Promote Diversity

5th March 2018

A new lawsuit filed against YouTube alleges that the liberal tech giant stopped hiring white and Asian men because it hurt the company’s goal of becoming more diverse in its workforce.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

The lawsuit, filed by Arne Wilberg, a white male who worked at Google for nine years, including four years as a recruiter at YouTube, alleges the division of Alphabet Inc.’s Google set quotas for hiring minorities. Last spring, YouTube recruiters were allegedly instructed to cancel interviews with applicants who weren’t female, black or Hispanic, and to “purge entirely” the applications of people who didn’t fit those categories, the lawsuit claims.

A spokesperson for Google said that the company will aggressively defend itself against the accusations.

“We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity,” the spokesperson said. “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.”

This new lawsuit comes at the same time that the company also faces another high-profile lawsuit from James Damore, who is suing the company for wrongful termination and discrimination, claiming that the company discriminates against conservatives.

The Journal adds that sources who are familiar with YouTube’s and Google’s hiring practices have corroborated allegations made in the lawsuit, “including the hiring freeze of white and Asian technical employees.”





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