Pinterest to pay $22.5m to settle gender discrimination claims

The social media company Pinterest has agreed to pay $22.5m in order to sort out claims of gender discrimination.


The claims came from Pinterest’s former chief operating officer, Francoise Brougher, after she was fired for asking for equal pay and raising concerns about sexist comments in the workplace.


Ms. Brougher, who worked at the firm for two years and oversaw a team of 1,000 people, stated that the firm started excluding her from meetings before ultimately firing her. She declared that the company had a very unwelcoming environment for women and minorities.


Other complaints and criticism were heard from black female former staff and some Pinterest staff staged a walkout in response to her accusations. A petition was also made to demand change.


After deciding on the settlement, the company said that it was part of a broader effort to improve its culture and making the workplace environment more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A settlement of this kind is the largest pay-out to be publicly announced.


Ms. Brougher reported that she welcomed the steps Pinterest was taking in order to improve its workplace environment and its commitment to building a culture that allows all employees to feel included and supported.


About $2.5m of the settlement will be donated to organizations that work to advance women and minorities in the tech industry.