Pin­ter­est ac­cused of sex dis­crim­i­na­tion by for­mer ex­ec­u­tive

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Technology Intelligen­ce - By Margi Mur­phy in San Fran­cisco

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.

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