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March 23, 2015

Twitter Named in Sex Discrimination Case

Former Employee Says Company Has No Formal Process for Promotion

A former Twitter employee has filed a class action lawsuit against the company claiming gender discrimination.

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The social network was named in Tina Huang’s suit filed in a California court late last week. Huang is a former software engineer for Twitter and claims the company has a tendency to promote men rather than women and uses a secretive process to provide such promotions.

“The company’s promotion system creates a glass ceiling for women that cannot be explained or justified by any reasonable business purpose, because Twitter has no meaningful promotion process for these jobs: no published promotion criteria, nor any internal hiring, advancement, or application processes for employees,” Huang says in the complaint, as reported by Courthouse News Service.

Huang claims Twitter does not follow any type of procedure for posting job openings and subsequent promotions, Reuters reported, and uses a “shoulder tap” system allowing more men to climb the corporate ladder than women.

None of the claims have been proven in court and a Twitter spokesperson informed Time the former employee’s claims do not reflect the company’s approach to jobs.

“Twitter is deeply committed to a diverse and supportive workplace, and we believe the facts will show Ms. Huang was treated fairly,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Huang, Mashable reported, was not fired from her position at Twitter. Rather, Huang resigned despite Twitter’s reported attempts to keep her at the company.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.