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Twitter accused of workplace discrimination by ex female employee

The roles of professional women are constantly changing, and an increasing number of women are qualified for tech related positions. As women in Texas and elsewhere are attempting to fill these positions, some are receiving pushback from companies to leave these positions mainly to men, which could spawn workplace discrimination claims. Microblogging platform Twitter is making headlines because it is accused of skewing the gender balance on the job to lean toward men. According to Twitter's diversity report, for every women in a tech role, there are nine men.

A former engineer for Twitter allegs that the company favors men. She claims the company does not have a formal system for posting jobs internally or indicating which qualifications are necessary for the positions. The plaintiff asserts that the company is holding back women from being promoted into tech roles through its so-called tap on the shoulder process.

The plaintiff alleges she was denied a promotion and was never told why she was passed over. She claims she had excellent performance reports during her tenure and that her employment record was clear of disciplinary action. After being denied, the woman wrote to the company CEO and was subsequently placed on leave while her complaints were investigated. After three months, she asserts she did not hear anything about the status of her investigation or when she would come back to work, so she resigned.

Twitter contends that the plaintiff left employment of her own accord even though the company attempted to get her to stay. The company claims to support a diverse workplace and that she was treated equally along with all the other employees. She filed a workplace discrimination claim against Twitter and claims that the company is riddled with ways to bar women from advancing. It is against the law for Texas workers to be discriminated against based upon a protected status under the law, and those who feel they have been victimized have the right to pursue claims for relief through the civil court system.

Source: techcrunch.com, "Twitter Latest To Face Sex Discrimination Lawsuit", Natasha Lomas, March 22, 2015

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