Pinterest employees call for gender and race equality


The messages used words like disappointed, discouraged, angry, upset, ashamed, frustrated, furious, disillusioned, deeply saddened and disturbed. On Friday, 236 employees at Pinterest, a company known for its virtual bulletin boards, expressed solidarity on an internal chat app with three former colleagues who accused the company of racial and gender discrimination and retaliation.

Many employees also shared and signed an online petition calling on Ben Silbermann, CEO and co-founder of Pinterest, to change company policies.

Then they logged off, staging a virtual walkout.

The series of actions was the latest in a growing movement of employees suing discrimination, accusations of harassment and walkouts of injustices in the tech industry and the investors that fund it.

Pinterest’s accusations stand out because they include some of the top executives of the $ 21 billion company. In a lawsuit this week, Françoise Brougher, former CEO of Pinterest, accused the company of gender discrimination, retaliation and wrongful dismissal. When she spoke about a sexist remark from a colleague, she was fired, according to the lawsuit. She followed suit with a lengthy blog post, “The Pinterest Paradox: Cupcakes and Toxicity,” which was widely shared in tech circles.


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