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Former Pinterest COO Alleges Gender Discrimination

The previous chief running officer of Pinterest, Françoise Brougher, is suing the firm for gender discrimination and wrongful termination, alleging she was hired on unequal payment phrases, subjected to a hostile work natural environment, and fired by chief executive officer Ben Silbermann when she spoke out.

In a lawsuit submitted in San Francisco Outstanding Court docket, Brougher stated she was explained to executives been given backloaded equity grants, but she realized in an S-one filing after the company’s original community featuring that the equity grants of her male friends were not backloaded. She stated after the IPO, she was no for a longer time invited to board meetings and that chief money officer Todd Morgenfeld was “increasingly disrespectful” commencing in January of this 12 months.

“Although 70 p.c of Pinterest’s customers are women, the firm is steered by males with small enter from woman executives. Pinterest’s woman executives, even at the maximum degrees, are marginalized, excluded, and silenced,” Brougher stated in publish on Medium. “I believe that I was fired for talking out about the rampant discrimination, hostile work natural environment, and misogyny that permeates Pinterest.”

Brougher’s lawsuit will come as two African American previous workforce claimed they expert discrimination and retaliation at the firm. Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banking institutions, who labored on the community coverage group at Pinterest, stated their makes an attempt to win fair payment were turned down and they were subjected to gaslighting when they elevated problems.

“I was requested to discuss everywhere you go from Geneva to Singapore on behalf of the firm, and I was doing all of that kind of like living a double lifestyle while I was dealing with all of the retaliation and intimidation internally,” Ozoma stated at the time.

In a assertion to the New York Moments in reaction to Brougher’s allegations, a spokesperson for Pinterest stated the firm was conducting an unbiased assessment of its lifestyle.

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