Pinterest paid $ 20 million to settle a legal affair with Françoise Brougher, its former director of operations, who alleged discrimination on the basis of sex.
The company is also investing $ 2.5 million in programs to improve representation in the tech industry, a Pinterest spokesperson confirmed. He did not admit any wrongdoing in the regulations.
“Françoise applauds the significant steps Pinterest has taken to improve its work environment and is encouraged that Pinterest is committed to creating a culture that allows all employees to feel included and supported,” Pinterest said in a joint statement with Brougher.
Brougher alleged that she was dismissed for speaking out against discrimination. The executive also said she was paid less than her male peers and was left out of Pinterest’s initial public offering process despite her No. 2 executive role. She portrayed CEO Ben Silbermann as a leader. who relied on the same group of men to make decisions and did not listen to different voices.
She had previously said she was ready to take the case to court. “While I was given a seat at the table, I either had no power or had the power to use my talent to advance Pinterest,”she saysin August.
Brougher was encouraged to come forward after public statements by two black women who quit prominent jobs on Pinterest’s political team in late May. The women, Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks, also said they were underpaid anddiscriminationconcerns dismissed by the company’s human resources department. Pinterest said it has investigated these cases and found no wrongdoing.
Since then, Pinterest has added more diverse directors to its board and taken steps to improve its process for hiring and compensating employees.
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