Pinterest names Black executive to its board following discrimination charges, employee walkout

Reeling from charges of racism and gender discrimination, Pinterest on Monday named a Black executive to its board of directors.

The appointment follows an employee walkout over a lawsuit brought by the former No. 2 executive at the company and allegations of mistreatment made by two former Black employees.

Former Harpo Studios executive Andrea Wishom is now the ninth member of the social media company’s board and the first Black director.

Pinterest’s reputation as a haven for women to scrapbook on the internet took a reputational hit in June when two former employees on its policy team went public with reports of unfair pay, racism and retaliation.

One of the former employees was Ifeoma Ozoma, who tweeted at the time that her experience at Pinterest was “sullied by the racism, gaslighting, and disrespect.”

On MondayOzoma told USA TODAY that the company’s appointment of a Black executive to the board is “meaningless.”

“I hope that she is paid fairly, and not the way that I and other Black women at the company have not been paid fairly and have been dismissed,” Ozoma said. “One person is not diversity.”

Last week, Pinterest’s former chief operating officer Francoise Brougher  sued the company alleging gender bias and wrongful termination. In the suit filed in California, Francoise Brougher says she was offered a “less favorable pay structure” than her male peers.

Further reading — Usa Today

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