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Lawsuit: YouTube divisions job postings exclude white and Asian men

Lawsuit: YouTube divisions job postings exclude white and Asian men

A former Google recruiter was sacked from his job for objecting to a company practice of rejecting Asian and white male candidates for technical positions, according to a civil lawsuit filed against the internet giant. In August 2017, the Guardian revealed that more than 60 current and former Google employees were considering bringing a lawsuit against the company, alleging sexism and pay disparities against women.

Further, she stated that the company is not hesitant in accepting that they look for a diverse pool of qualified candidates for open roles, and this helps them in hiring the best people, improve culture and build better products.

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Last month, Tim Chevalier, an ex-software developer at Google, also filed a lawsuit claiming that the company fired him over pro-diversity posts circulated internally. The suit reportedly claims that his employment was terminated after he complained to human resources that Google discriminated against white and Asian men in favor of applicants who were Hispanic, African American or female. This week, Loretta Lee, a female software engineer who worked at Google for seven years before she was sacked in 2016, filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that she was routinely sexually harassed at Google, and that the company did not intervene. But previous year, Wilberg claims YouTube recruiters were told to cancel interviews where the candidate wasn't female, black or Hispanic. It's also alleged that management deleted emails and other records about diversity requirements late a year ago.

The hiring practices challenged in the lawsuit fall into a controversial area of labor law, where setting goals to diversify is acceptable, but setting quotas is not. It claims that for several quarters, Google would only hire people from historically underrepresented groups for technical positions. Arne Wilberg worked at Google for 9 years, four of which were spent at YouTube as a recruiter. Wilberg, a white male, alleges that he was told in January 2016 that managers deleted all emails about the quotas, and that he and other recruiting staff were later instructed in 2017 to stop tracking the minority hires and to stop making hiring decisions based on diversity characteristics. However, the Journal cites anonymous sources that corroborate some of Wilberg's claims.

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