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Pinterest vowing to hire more female executives, increase workforce diversity

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Pinterest is vowing to hire more female executives and increase workforce diversity after allegations of discrimination flooded the company.

Pinterest announced on Tuesday that it wants to increase the representation of minorities and ethnicities from 12 percent to 20 percent by 2025, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The company also wants to increase the number of women in leadership positions from 30 percent to 36 percent.

Multiple Pinterest employees have alleged discrimination at the company, with Pinterest having to settle a $22.5 million gender discrimination lawsuit last year.

“What can come out of that is learning what we need to do better and making changes,” Ben Silbermann, co-founder and chief executive of Pinterest, told The Wall Street Journal. “I’m trying to personally set that better tone.”

The lawsuit was brought on by Francoise Brougher, former chief operating officer, who says she was paid less than the men, excluded from meetings and received sexist feedback about her work.

Two Black women also spoke out about experiencing racial discrimination in the company and left their public policy roles with the company.

“We need to really invest and keep investing in building a culture where people from every background can feel welcome,” Silbermann said.

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