Unfortunately, there have been many accusations of gender discrimination in the news recently involving tech companies in Silicon Valley.
Many of the cases claim that the companies are not doing enough to promote female employees into leadership roles and not preventing harassment at work. On Wednesday, on our employment portal, we discussed a harassment case that was decided recently in favor of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, which attracted tremendous national attention.
With this in mind, recently a former software engineer with Twitter filed a lawsuit against the social media company, accusing it of having a “subjective, secretive promotion process” that “encouraged arbitrary and stereotyped decision making.”
According to CNN, Tina Huang, a former software engineer at Twitter filed the lawsuit in San Francisco. The lawsuit seeks class action status. The lawsuit accuses Twitter of having a “glass ceiling” that prevents women from being promoted.
Haung claims that she sent an e-mail to CEO Dick Costolo concerning the firm’s promotion policies after being denied an advancement, and that she was subsequently put on leave and taken off assignments.
Sadly, as CNN reported, only 1 in 10 Twitter employees in tech roles are women and 79 percent of its management team is made up of males. In her lawsuit, Haung claims that there are no “written procedures” in place to receive a promotion at the company.
I Have Experienced Workplace Discrimination. What Should I Do?
Again, if you believe that you have faced gender discrimination at work, it may be wise to speak to an attorney. Keep in mind, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines gender discrimination as “treating someone (an applicant or employee) unfavorably because of that person’s sex.”
If you have experienced issues over recruitment, promotions, wage disputes, the denial of family leave or wrongful termination based on gender, you may be able to hold your employer liable. An attorney may be able to help you move forward with a claim, and you may be entitled to damages.
Keep following our blog for updates about these tech discrimination cases. Have a wonderful weekend.
Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob– Los Angeles employment attorneys
Did You Know? During 2014, the EEOC investigated more than 26,000 claims of gender discrimination nationwide.