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​Twitter Faces Discrimination Lawsuit

Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) now faces a lawsuit claiming gender bias from a former employee, according to CNet.

Tina Huang filed a class-action lawsuit against the company Thursday, CNet reported, claiming Twitter favors men in the promotions process that ignores women. Further, Huang claims Twitter has not formal application or promotions process to speak of.

According to self reported stats from tech giants Facebook, Twitter, Google and others, the tech industry employees are predominately white and male, CNet reported.

"Promotion into Twitter's senior technical positions is based on subjective judgments, by committees that are comprised of and dependent on upper management at Twitter, and predominantly male," according to the lawsuit, CNet reported. "These judgments are tainted with conscious or unconscious prejudices and gender-based stereotypes, which explains why so few women employees at Twitter advance to senior and leadership positions."

Expectedly, Twitter released a statement rejecting Huang’s claims, CNet reported.

"Ms. Huang resigned voluntarily from Twitter, after our leadership tried to persuade her to stay," a Twitter spokesman said, CNet reported. "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."

CNet commenter pcrepairdude said:

The problem is this...women are worth less for a REASON, and that is you have a 1 in 3 chance of losing a woman to children and her not coming back!

If I'm hiring somebody for a "make or break" position and I know that there is a 1 in 3 chance that one of them could be gone for months and then quit immediately upon return? Well guess what I'm not picking that one!

It comes down to the same thing its always about, the bottom line. Why do you think Apple is paying out the behind to freeze women's eggs? Hoping to get a few years more work before they quit to have kids, that's why. Like it or hate it some stereotypes are true and while most men will sacrifice family time for pay that is NOT true of women by and large

CNet commented defector777 responded:

“Ok, some of what you say re women's possibility of leaving due to family commitments may be true for some women...BUT isn't it equally valid to say that a man is more likely to leave if offered a better salary from another company? Aren't men wired to be more likely to do that, so shouldn't it balance out a bit?

Really, I think the solution should be for a hiring manager to be able to say "Look, we feel you're the best qualified person for this position, but if we put you in this role we'll need you to commit to go all out for us for the next 5 years. So if you're planning on having kids you'll need to hold off on getting pregnant for say 4 and a half years if you take this position. Is that something you would be prepared to do in order to get this opportunity?"

Somehow I think it may be illegal for a hiring manager to ask that sort of thing. But if women are really serious about being truly equal in the workplace it needs not to be.”