Accused of sexism, the american platform Pinterest pays $ 20 million to a former employee

The American company Pinterest, accused of sexist discrimination by its former director of operations, agreed, Monday, December 14, to pay him $ 20 million (16.4 million euros) and to pay $ 2.5 million ( 2 million euros) to associations defending women and minorities in tech companies.

Françoise Brougher will therefore withdraw her complaint, the two parties said in a joint message sent to Agence France-Presse. “Pinterest recognizes the importance of fostering a work environment that is diverse, equitable and inclusive, and will continue to improve its culture”, is it underlined.

According to 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”, declared for his part Mme Brougher on Twitter.

“Generalized misogyny”

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 firing her in April 2020 as she began to voice her complaints against “Creeping discrimination”, “A hostile working 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 emphasized in her message. “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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The World with AFP


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