Two former employees of the popular image sharing application alleged on twitter that they faced racial discrimination at work. The two employees have recently left the company.
On Twitter, Ifeoma Ozoma who was a public policy and social impact manager at the company said Pinterests solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement was “a joke.”
In her tweet, Ozoma said, “As a Black woman, seeing @Pinterest’s middle of the night ‘Black employees matter’ statement made me scratch my head after I just fought for over a full year to be paid and leveled fairly…”
The company’s CEO made no comments however, a public note was made on June 2nd, stating the company was making changes to improve its diversity. Also Read- Audio of concerned dispatcher released by Minneapolis police in George Floyd case
The second employee, Aerica Shimizu Banks, who worked alongside Ozoma in the same team said she experienced a “racist & sexist workplace”. She went on to add that her manager made racists comments on her ethnicity
Ozoma further explained how in one incident she was berated for not completing work for a promotion by Pinterest of a former Southern slave plantation as a wedding venue.
Pinterest owes its former employees an apology and compensation
Civil rights organization said the company owed the girls at least an apology and due compensation. The girls worked with the organization in their previous roles at the company.
Jade Magnus, Color of Change’s campaign director said, “Like so many tech companies that are posting messages of solidarity with Black Lives Matter, Pinterest’s actions undermine the company’s own words.”