Earlier this week, Pinterest announced a deal with former employee Francoise Brougher for $ 22.5 million.
Earlier this month, Pinterest agreed to pay $ 22.5 million to resolve a sex discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by Francoise Brougher, a former chief operating officer. According to the agreement, the settlement includes a $ 2.5 million investment “to advance women and underrepresented communities in the technology industry.” However, Pinterest assumes no liability under the agreement.
A joint statement by the company and Brougher states:
“Pinterest recognizes the importance of promoting a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment and continues to work to improve its culture. Francoise welcomes the significant steps Pinterest has taken to improve its work environment, and encourages Pinterest to work to build an environment culture that allows all employees to feel included and supported. “
The latest settlement ends a very popular case in Silicon Valley, but why was it filed in the first place? What happened?
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According to the lawsuit filed in the San Francisco County Supreme Court, Brougher accused the popular website of “brazenly firing her after complaining about gender bias. The suit read:
“While male executives were rewarded for strong leadership styles, Ms. Brougher was criticized for not being compliant or cooperative enough. Ms. Brougher was also offered a less favorable pay structure than her male colleagues and had to fight for equal treatment.”
In addition, Brougher is fired for “a video call from Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann after complaining to him and the HR director that the company’s CFO Todd Morgenfeld made humiliating sexist comments on her.” In addition, she claimed the company was “trying to create a fiction that her April 2020 departure was voluntary”.
When a Pinterest spokeswoman pressed for comment on the matter, she said the company “has a duty to make sure all employees feel included and supported”. In September, however, Pinterest denied the allegations in Brougher’s lawsuit.
In a tweet posted on Monday, Brougher said, “She will continue to advocate for justice in the workplace, including more women in the C-suite.”
Brougher’s suit wasn’t the only one Pinterest grappled with this year, however. Around the same time Brougher filed her complaint, two former black employees accused the company of racism and discrimination. As a result, the company hired an outside legal team to “investigate its workplace culture in response to the allegations.” At the time, the company said the outside law firm would “look into how Pinterest rates, promotes, and remunerates employees, and how the company responds to and investigates complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation.”
Pinterest Closes Sex Discrimination Lawsuit with Former CEO for $ 22.5 million
Pinterest is paying $ 22.5 million to resolve the former executive’s discrimination lawsuit