Human Capital: Ex-Pinterest staff who alleged discrimination mentioned no progress had been made.


This has been quite a week for Pinterest and not a good one. While the company has resolved its former COO's sex discrimination lawsuit, the massive $ 22.5 million deal highlighted some of the inequalities in the technology industry.

Meanwhile, Airbnb was outlining some new diversity and inclusion goals, though it hadn't produced a diversity report since last year when it released its 2018 data.

All of that and more in this week's edition of Human Capital. Sign up here to receive this newsletter in your inbox every Friday at 1:00 p.m. PT.

Pinterest Closes Sex Discrimination Lawsuit for $ 22.5 million

Pinterest announced It settled the lawsuit initiated by former COO Francoise Brougher for discrimination on the basis of sex. In August, Brougher sued Pinterest for sex discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination.

As part of the settlement, Pinterest will pay Brougher and their attorneys $ 20 million, and both Pinterest and Brougher will provide $ 2.5 million to advance women and underrepresented communities in the tech industry, the company wrote in a file .

About black women who "create the basis for someone else to step in and" collect progress ""

Before Brougher filed a lawsuit against Pinterest, former Pinterest employees Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks publicly stated they had committed racial and gender discrimination while working for the company. I spoke with Ozoma and Banks about the settlement and how it compares with their results.

When you call TechCrunch Earlier this week, Ozoma and Banks described a double standard in their experience compared to Broughers. While Brougher received a $ 20 million payout, Ozoma and Banks received less than a year of severance pay. Here are some relevant words they shared about the settlement:


This follows the ancient tradition in America where black women step forward, pave a way, expose injustice, and white women come in and take full advantage of it.


So, like in many, many, many other cases, we put black women on the line, shared absolutely everything that happened to us, and then laid the foundation for someone else to step in and make progress. No progress has been made here as no rights have been made with people who have been harmed.

Pinterest agrees to accept DEI recommendations

Pinterest is committed to accept the recommendations of its special committee of the board of directors. The committee was formed in early June this year, shortly after two former employees, Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks, publiced ​​their allegations of racial and gender discrimination while working at Pinterest.

Here are some of these recommendations:

mandatory unconscious bias training for every employee, including managers and executives
offer additional training on inclusivity and subconscious bias
Include "different employees" in interview panels with applicants
Reward employees for their efforts to support and promote DEI
publish a diversity report twice a year for at least two years; After two years, publish the report annually
Define criteria for eligibility for carriage
Improving Pinterest's harassment and discrimination policy
Create a central investigation team in the workplace to ensure consistent and fair results

Gig workers are ready to fight as we enter the new year

At Extra Crunch, given the passage from Prop 22, I took a deep dive into the next steps for gig workers and corporations.

The bottom line is that Prop 22 does not mark the end of the struggle for gig worker status. Corporations try to pursue similar laws elsewhere as gig workers prepare for yet another fight.

Going forward, it's hard to predict where companies like Uber and Lyft will go next, said Brian Chen of the National Employment Law Project, but it's likely that they will want to go into big markets.

"Places where they know local people have organized themselves and activists they'd like to finally get out of the way, and where enforcement against the company has been strong," he told TechCrunch.

Chen pointed to New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Washington, Oregon, and Michigan. Wherever these companies fight next, NELP will be heavily involved in the fight, according to Chen. How are workers.

"We already know companies are doing this proactively, so we need to be proactive," said Bain. “I think we'll have a lot to struggle with. It depends on some people who are appointed to job positions and their actual tenets and values, but I am a little more optimistic. Things that weren't possible under Trump will be very difficult under Biden, but not impossible. "

You can read it full 2,318 word story here.

Gig Workers Rising Launches App To Help Workers Understand Their Rights Under Prop 22

Gig Workers Rising is preparing for share an app to help gig workers understand their new rights and benefits under Prop 22.

"[…] Workers know that gig companies have made and broken promises to workers in the past," the website says. "These companies depend on you not knowing your rights and not being able to work for the benefits owed you."

start of the weekLyft outlined the benefits that are now available to drivers.

Airbnb sets new DEI goals

Airbnb, which recently went public and became a $ 100 billion company, recently set two goals to try to improve diversity in the home-sharing and experience company because it is "nowhere near satisfied with the status quo," the company wrote in a blog post.

By the end of 2025, Airbnb aims to have 20% of the U.S. workforce be underrepresented minorities, including people who identify themselves as Native American or Alaskan, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific islanders. Currently, under-represented minorities make up only 12% of the company's employees.

The second goal is to increase the representation of women to 50% by the end of 2025.

Intel's Diversity Report includes underrepresented women data for the first time

Some highlights from the report::

Hispanic employee representation increased from 10% to 10.5% year over year
The representation of underrepresented minorities in the executive branch decreased from 8.8% to 8.4%
Under-represented women in management positions rose from 1.8% to 2.4%

TechCrunch Sessions: Justice 2021 tickets on sale

Finally, tickets for TC Sessions: Justice 2021 are now available. Don't worry, it will be a fully virtual event and tickets are only $ 5 per person.

The event will take place on March 3, 2021 from your living room. We've already rounded up speakers such as Backstage Capital's founder and managing partner Arlan Hamilton, Kickstarter Union co-organizer Clarissa Redwine, and Ethel & # 39; s Club / Somewhere Good, Naj's founder and CEO, Austin.

There's more to come!