Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Former Twitter Enginner Files Sex Discrimination Suit

A former female engineer, Tina Huang, for popular social media website, Twitter, has filed a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that Twitter’s promotion process unfairly favors men.  Huang alleges, among other things, that Twitter has no formal promotion process and relies on a "shoulder tap" custom, which explains why few women are in higher-level positions with the company.

This lawsuit is just one of a few made by former female employees at these popular websites as Time magazine reports:

The lawsuit against Twitter follows similar claims made against Facebook last week by Chia Hong, who accused Facebook of wrongful termination in 2013 after allegedly being harassed based on her gender, race and Taiwanese nationality. Facebook has denied Hong’s accusations.

Hong’s lawyers are also involved in a similar case against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, which former employee and current interim Reddit CEO Ellen Pao sued for gender discrimination. A judge upheld Pao’s claims on Saturday, saying “There is sufficient evidence from which a reasonable juror could conclude that Kleiner Perkins engaged in intentional gender discrimination.”

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