The former chief operating officer of Pinterest Inc. is suing the social-media company for gender discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.
Françoise Brougher filed suit Tuesday, alleging she was paid less than male peers, marginalized in the office and fired after she complained to CEO Ben Silbermann about her treatment.
“Although Pinterest markets itself to women looking for inspiration, the company brazenly fired its top female executive for pointing out gender bias within Pinterest’s male-dominated leadership team,” her lawyers said in the lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court. “Although Pinterest publicly laments the lack of diversity in its leadership, in practice, it turns a blind eye to the biased thinking that limit women’s opportunities for success in leadership roles. “