Pinterest accused of sex discrimination by former executive
A FORMER executive is suing Pinterest, claiming the social network sacked her after she complained about sexist treatment and was marginalised for months.
Francoise Brougher, who left her role as chief operating officer at Pinterest in April, accused the company of paying her less than her male colleagues when she joined the company and belittling her work as “championing diversity issues”, according to documents filed in a San Francisco court.
“Even at the very top ranks of a public company, female executives can be targeted for sex discrimination and retaliation,” the lawsuit stated. “Although Pinterest markets itself to women looking for inspiration, the company brazenly fired its top female executive for pointing out gender bias within Pinterest’s male dominated leadership team.”
Ms Brougher said she had refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement about her exit, and wanted to speak out against the company.
Pinterest did not respond to a request for comment.