Pinterest Closes Intercourse Discrimination Lawsuit for $ 22.5 million

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Ms. Vinick added that companies take gender discrimination claims seriously and not need to view them as "those that are subject to a" harassment score. "

Pinterest, a virtual bulletin board company, has spent months looking at how it treats its employees. In June, two recently terminated employees, Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks, publicly discussed their experiences of racist and sexist comments, wage inequalities and retaliation at the company. Other cultural-related reports on Pinterest added fuel to their accounts.

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Dec. 14, 2020, 3:56 p.m. ET

In August, Ms. Brougher sued Pinterest in the San Francisco Supreme Court for sexist treatment. She joined the company in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for the company's revenue. Around half of the 2,000 employees reported to her.

But despite being a senior executive, Ms. Brougher said she was banned from important meetings, received gender feedback, and was paid less than her male counterparts. She said she was released in April after talking about treatment.

Alongside her lawsuit, she published a blog post titled "The Pinterest Paradox: Cupcakes and Toxicity," which shared her experience. She said the post sparked a lot of support and similar stories from other female tech managers.

This week, more than 200 Pinterest employees practically went out in support of Ms. Brougher, Ms. Ozoma and Ms. Shimizu Banks and in protest of the culture and politics of Pinterest. Soon after, Pinterest was hit by shareholder lawsuits too.

In response, Pinterest launched an investigation into its culture, the results of which were not made public. Andrea Wishom and Salaam Coleman Smith, two prominent media managers who are black and female, have been inducted into the board of directors. Pinterest also hired a new director for inclusion and diversity, made salary information more transparent, and partnered with N.A.A.C.P. for an advisory board.