Many California residents use the popular social media platform Pinterest to share photos of outfits, recipes and home decor. Recently, Pinterest has been under fire from employees who say that the work environment is rife with gender and racial discrimination.
Accusations of racial discrimination
In June, two Black female employees accused Pinterest of racial discrimination, and an employee walkout was organized in support of the women. A website representing Pinterest employees told workers to virtually “walk out” on Aug. 14, in order to send the company a message that they demanded systemic change. The website also told workers who supported the cause to add their names to a petition and edit their profile photos.
Accusations of gender bias
Pinterest is also facing accusations of gender bias from a former executive. On Aug. 11, a former COO of Pinterest filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that she was a victim of gender bias and wrongful termination. On the day she filed her lawsuit, the complainant wrote an open letter alleging that she was wrongfully terminated in retaliation for her criticism of the company’s treatment of women. She alleges that the work environment at Pinterest is misogynistic and that the voices of female executives are not heard.
Discrimination and retaliation are both illegal
Discrimination based on race or sex is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The same law also makes it illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who comes forward with complaints of workplace discrimination. If an employee has been fired for complaining about workplace discrimination, an employment law attorney may be able to help the employee pursue financial compensation for their lost wages and other damages.