Ex-employee accused of sexism, Pinterest pays $ 22.5 million

Ex-employee accused of sexism, Pinterest pays $ 22.5 million

The American company Pinterest, accused by its former director of operations of sexist discrimination, agreed on Monday to pay him $ 20 million and to pay 2.5 million to associations defending women and minorities in tech companies.

Francoise Brougher will therefore withdraw her complaint, said the two parties in a joint message sent to AFP.

“Pinterest recognizes the importance of fostering a work environment that is diverse, fair and inclusive, and will continue to improve its culture,” he said.

Under the terms of the agreement, however, the photo platform does not officially acknowledge its responsibility.

“I will continue to advocate for equity in companies, in particular for the increased presence of women in management,” said Ms. Brougher on Twitter.

In a long message on the Medium site published when she filed her complaint in August, she criticized the group in particular for having paid her less than her male colleagues and for having excluded her from important decisions.

She also accused the group, which had hired her in March 2018, of having fired her in April 2020 when she began to voice her complaints against “creeping discrimination”, “a hostile work environment” and “a generalized misogyny ”.

“Although 70% of Pinterest users are women, the business is run by men with little participation from female leaders,” she said in her post.

“Pinterest leaders, even at the highest level, are marginalized, excluded and silenced,” she added.

Launched in 2010, the platform claims more than 440 million monthly users.

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