What Employers Can Learn from Pinterest’s $22.5 Million Gender Discrimination Settlement

In one of the largest publically-announced, single-plaintiff gender discrimination settlements ever, Pinterest agreed to pay Francoise Brougher $22.5 million in response to her allegations of gender discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Brougher rose through the ranks at the tech company to become Pinterest’s COO and helped take the company public. She was criticized for not being compliant or collaborative enough and was offered a less favorable compensation package than the male executives. When she complained, the CEO fired her over a video call. Employers can learn a lot from Pinterest’s expensive example including simply paying equally for equal work. Read more about Brougher’s experience and how you can avoid some of the traps into which Pinterest fell here.