YouTube stopped hiring white and Asian men in a blunt attempt to make the company more diverse, a lawsuit claims.

Arne Wilberg, a former recruiter at the Google-owned video website, said he was fired for speaking out against the company’s practices last year when it cancelled interviews with candidates who were not female, black or Hispanic for technical jobs.

Mr Wilberg’s lawsuit said YouTube wanted to “purge entirely” white and Asian candidates and claims the company broke discrimination laws when it dismissed him after nine years working for Google.

It is the latest diversity row to hit Google, coming in the same week as a separate lawsuit claiming that a toxic “bro culture” discriminated against women.

Google said it would defend itself. “We have a clear policy to hire candidates based on their merit, not their identity,” a spokesman 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.”


US EMPLOYEE DIVERSITY:

MALE: 69%   FEMALE : 31%

By Ethnic:

White: 56%

Asian: 35%

Black: 2%

Active American: 1%

Two or more: 4%


Google and other technology companies are struggling to make their workforces more diverse amid claims that they are dominated by white men.

Google, which files regular diversity reports on its employees in the US, says 69pc of are male and 56pc are white, against 35pc Asian and 2pc black. In high-tech roles the gap is greater, with 80pc of roles filled by men, and the difference has only budget slightly in recent years.

The lawsuit claims Google has a policy of “systematically discriminating in favour [of] job applicants who are Hispanic, African American, or female, and against Caucasian and Asian men”.

Mr Wilberg said YouTube attempted to cover up its ban on hiring white and Asian men by deleting emails and other records of its diversity requirements.

Last year James Damore, a Google engineer, ignited a fierce row at the company when he wrote a memo criticising its attempts to boost diversity and claiming it had a “politically correct monoculture”. Mr Damore was promptly fired but has since sued Google. The company was cleared by the US National Labor Relations Board last month.

Last month Loretta Lee, a former Google engineer, sued the company claiming it had done little to address a culture of sexual harrassment.

Source: The Telegraph

FAMILIES, FRIENDS, LIONS, UNICORNS AND DRAGONS LINED THE STREETS OF LIVERPOOL TO CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE DOG.

As the home of Europe’s oldest Chinese community, Liverpool always goes all out to celebrate Chinese New Year, and the start of the ‘China Dream’ cultural experience brought not only parades, artwork, crafts and story telling but also a a spell-binding light show, traditional dancing and fireworks that were heard for miles.

The city was dressed in red in preparation for the jam-packed weekend of festivities which kicked off on Friday 16th February 2018, a week after the official launch of China’s first Emperor and the Terrcotta Warriors exhibition at world museum. Beautiful red lanterns swayed from the Berry Street lampposts and were strung all along Nelson Street and beyond our beautiful Imperial Arch, ready to welcome thousands of families, friends and tourists as the weekends activities got under way.

Despite the cold weather and rain, we turned out in droves to watch the dragons, lions and unicorns dance to Great George Square where firecrackers, dancing and music entertained the masses. Twinned with Shanghai, Liverpool is famed for it’s warm welcome and seeing first-hand how our communities come together to embrace Chinese culture and join in the celebrations, just goes to show our unity.

At 6:30pm we all flocked to the Imperial Gate once more as the final showing of Jingwei’s Legacy illuminated theChinese Gate, Black E and The Arch Building. The projected story focuses on cultural diversity and the hope that communities can live together harmoniously regardless of their backgrounds or beliefs, and it received a huge round of applause from young and old, before a brilliant firework display brought a weekend of fun, food, culture and celebrations to an end.

Chinese New Year actually lasts until late February 2018 and there’s no better time to visit Chinatown and explorethe myriad of shops, restaurants, markets and community groups that make us such an important part of our city.

 

Source: The Guide Liverpool

 

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