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YouTube Sued For Discriminating Against Asian and White Applicants

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The company's ideal image of a diverse workforce apparently went a bit too far.

Has this ever happened to you? You're applying for a job with a large company. You've got years of experience in this field, have worked very hard at your previous jobs, and did very well in your interview. But you come to find out that you were not hired for the job because you didn't meet that company's "diversity" requirements. How would you feel?

Sounds a little like discrimination, doesn't it? Many companies have reportedly committed themselves to hiring a diverse workforce, but one former recruiter for YouTube claims the Google subsidiary has gone over the top in its mission to be inclusive — to the exclusion of some races. He's bringing a lawsuit against the tech giant for its hiring practices.

The recruiter, Arne Wilberg, claims that the company stopped hiring Asian and white men for technical positions with the alleged goal of trying to create a more diverse workplace. However, Wilberg, no fan of diversity quotas, refused to cooperate and his performance reviews suffered.

Wilberg says that he was instructed to toss applications that weren't from women and underrepresented minorities (black and Hispanic), as well as cancel interviews with people who didn't meet these criteria. Others familiar with YouTube's hiring practices were able to corroborate some of these accusations, according to The Wall Street Journal.

In response, a Google spokesperson said, "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."

Wilberg is not the first to sue the company for its practice of exclusion. James Damore and David Gudeman are former Google employees who claim they were fired because of their opposition to Google’s diversity practices. They brought suit against the company for discriminating against white employees and those holding political views other than those of the majority at Google.

The U.S. Civil Rights movement was guided by the principle that people evaluate others based on the content of their character, not on the color of their skin. Yet decades later, race appears to be taking a larger role in the hiring process of some companies, and an over-correction of past injustices seems to be tipping the scale toward the same problem the movement attempted to solve.

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