Pinterest’s very own former COO Francoise Brougher comes forward with alleged mistreatment she experienced after she was fired.
Sometime in April, Pinterest’s COO Francoise Brougher, the top female executive, abruptly exited the company with quite an explanation.
Ms. Brougher filed a Lawsuit on Tuesday accusing the huge $21 billion company. The company, whose specialty is making virtual pinboards, allegedly terminated her after she brought up sexist treatment in the workplace.
According to her suit, which took place in the San Francisco Superior Court, Ms. Brougher stated that she was excluded from important meetings, experienced gendered feedback, and was also receiving less pay than her own male-peers.
She said that the company let her go right after she spoke up about the matter.
According to the 54-year-old COO, gender discrimination at a heightened C-level suite might be a little more subtle, but either way is still very insidious as well as real.
She said that when men speak out, the company rewards them. When women do it, the company fires them.
Pinterest’s Comments About the Lawsuit
Pinterest was also reviewing the whole lawsuit. A certain company spokeswoman gave the remarks that Pinterest treats its employees like they are incredibly important to them.
The spokeswoman stated that the company commits to advance its own culture. This is so that “all of our employees” would then feel included as well as support.
Pinterest is also conducting an independent review with regards to its culture, its policies, and also its practices.
Who is Francoise Brougher?
Ms. Brougher stands as one of the faces of female tech executives to be firm and file a gender discrimination lawsuit.
This happened before when she filed one for her one-time employer ever since the venture capitalist Ellen Pao previously sued her firm known as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers back in 2012.
This new lawsuit suggests a level of bias against women within Silicon Valley and has persisted once again even after the whole tech’s culture of sexual harassment of certain female executives/entrepreneurs has become included in the #MeToo movement.
Ms. Brougher’s own lawsuit to Pinterest follows a certain gender discrimination lawsuit previously filed against Carta, a smaller financial technology start-up, in the previous month by its very own VP for marketing known as Emily Kramer.
The Emily Kramer Lawsuit
Ms. Kramer alleged Carta of decreasing her pay in comparison with her male peers and even stated that the company retaliated against her once she spoke up about diversity and gender equality.
A Carta spokeswoman stated that gender equality within the workplace is definitely a real and also systematic problem that has been existing within Silicon Valley. Despite this statement, the spokeswoman denied the allegations towards the company.
Pinterest is suffering from Ms. Brougher’s suit as it adds towards the scrutiny of the company, whose large audience as of the moment are females.
In the previous months, the company which was based in San Francisco has also received criticism from a few of its former Black employees regarding racial discrimination.
Although social media platforms are very strict with their content, what happens within the company is a different story.