Holding Pinterest Accountable

Joshua A. Luna
December 30, 2020
Holding Pinterest Accountable
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The main story

There was a pretty big win for former Pinterest COO Françoise Brougher this month. After she filed a gender discrimination suit filed earlier this August, Pinterest has settled for $22.5 million, making this one of the most prominent cases of its kind coming from a tech company.

In April of this year, Pinterest COO Françoise Brougher was officially fired from the company for not being “collaborative” with her fellow executive team. This news came after a long winding road of alleged workplace discrimination, board meeting exclusions, and unequal pay that she faced while at the company since March 2018.

Instead of signing her NDA before her departure (a common practice to cover employers from ex-employees), she filed a discrimination suit against the company with hopes of shedding light on what goes on behind the company’s doors.

Teachable Moment

Standing up for yourself while at work is one thing, but sticking to your guns after these types of events is a real test of your leadership. When you have something to stand up for, it’s essential to make sure you follow through no matter who you’re up against, especially when it can impact many people after you.

Brougher’s suit against Pinterest is a clear example to show that discrimination happens at all levels, even for a c-suite executive. Her perseverance in pursuing this case against such a large tech company marks a huge win towards bringing awareness towards similar issues in the tech industry.

Not only is the suit being settled for a pretty large amount compared to similar cases, but it’s also the most publicized of this nature, marking a potential shift in how these types of claims against tech companies could be handled.