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Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. Credit: Jason Doiy/ The Recorder

Tina Huang joined Twitter Inc. in 2009 as one of the company’s first female engineers, after stints working for Apple Inc. and Google Inc. The San Francisco-based social media company was taking off and its workforce hovered under 100 employees.

During her tenure, Huang said it seemed the career trajectories of her male peers took a different direction from her own, with men ascending to higher positions in the company at a faster clip. When Huang asked for a promotion in 2013, her manager signed off, agreeing she was qualified for the job. Yet she did not receive the new position. Huang took a leave of absence and ultimately left the company, the engineer said in a lawsuit she filed against Twitter in 2015.

“After our investigation, we discovered Tina’s difficulty in navigating her career wasn’t unique to her, and many women were having the same problems,” said Huang’s attorney Jason Lohr at San Francisco’s Lohr Ripamonti & Segarich.

Judge Mary Wiss. Credit: Jason Doiy

Attorneys for Twitter and Huang will face off Wednesday in San Francisco Superior Court before Judge Mary Wiss in a class certification hearing, arguing over whether the company’s promotion system skews toward men and allows managers to use subjective measures to pick from a “good ol’ boys” club.

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