Pinterest to settle Francoise Brougher ex-COO discrimination lawsuit  for $22.5 million

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Pinterest settled the gender discrimination lawsuit by former COO Francoise Brougher. The company will pay Brougher $20 million as part of the settlement agreement.

Brougher and Pinterest will both commit $2.5 million to be used towards “advancing women and underrepresented communities” in the tech industry.

They issued a statement outlining their settlement agreement: 

“Pinterest recognizes the importance of fostering a workplace environment that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive and will continue its actions to improve its culture.”

“Francoise welcomes the meaningful steps Pinterest has taken to improve its workplace environment and is encouraged that Pinterest is committed to building a culture that allows all employees to feel included and supported.”

Discrimination lawsuit and walkout spur changes 

In May, Aerica Shimizu Banks and Ifeoma Ozoma, both black women left Pinterest. They served as managers and leaders of the company’s public policy team. Both women claimed their experience at the company was a nightmare of  racism and “glaringly unfair pay, intense discrimination, and terrifying retaliation.”