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

Twitter Inc. has successfully fought off class action claims from female software engineers who alleged a “boys club” and “brogrammer culture” at the social media company prevents women from receiving equal opportunities compared to male counterparts.

Lawyers for former Twitter engineer Tina Huang had pushed to certify a class of 135 female software engineers. Huang’s suit in San Francisco Superior Court claims the company’s promotion system favors men over women in getting shots at top jobs.

Superior Court Judge Mary Wiss, ruling on July 3 against class certification, pointed to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2011 decision Walmart Stores v. Dukes. The ruling made it more difficult for plaintiffs to get class actions certified. Disparate impact alone is not enough to allow a class to form.

Judge Mary Wiss. Credit: Jason Doiy/ ALM

“This court concludes that plaintiff failed to satisfy the commonality requirement necessary to certify the proposed class,” Wiss wrote. “In addition, the court also finds that plaintiff’s claims are not typical of the class, and that plaintiff failed to demonstrate that the class action mechanism is the superior method for adjudicating class members’ claims in this case.”

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