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After Facebook, now Twitter faces gender-discrimination lawsuit

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Voicing her concerns against gender-based discrimination, a former female software engineer at Twitter filed a class action lawsuit against one of world’s most widely used social-networking platform, citing several instances of unlawful promotions and kick outs.

Tina Huang, former Twitter employee claims that she was overlooked for a promotion to Senior Staff Engineer without good reason and that, after she complained directly to CEO Dick Costolo, she was put on administrative leave and ultimately forced to leave. She further said that there is no formal procedures for posting job openings or granting promotions.

As stated in the filed lawsuit-

[O]n behalf of herself and all similarly situated current and former female Twitter employees who have been subjected to Twitter’s continuing policies and practices of sex discrimination. Ms. Huang, on behalf of herself and the class she represents, charges that Twitter discriminates against its female employees by failing to promote equally qualified or better qualified women to engineering leadership positions. 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. This action seeks to end Twitter’s discriminatory practices and to provide monetary relief including punitive damages to Ms. Huang and those similarly situated for the damage resulting from Twitter’s practices.

On the other hand, Twitter dusted off all such allegations saying that –

Ms. Huang resigned voluntarily from Twitter, after our leadership tried to persuade her to stay. She was not fired. Twitter is deeply committed to a diverse and supportive workplace, and we believe the facts will show Ms. Huang was treated fairly.

A similar case was filed against Facebook this week by former employee Chia Hong, who said that she was belittled and ultimately fired on the basis of her gender, race and national origin.


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