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Pinterest Employees Plan Walkout Following Multiple Discrimination Allegations

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Following damning allegations of gender discrimination that surfaced in a lawsuit filed earlier this week by the company’s former chief operating officer, Françoise Brougher, it appears Pinterest employees are organizing a walkout tomorrow, Aug. 14.

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The Washington Post’s Nitasha Tiku on Thursday tweeted links to a pair of sites about the action, a website at the domain ChangeatPinterest.com and a Coworker.org petition calling for “an end to all forms of discrimination and retaliation at Pinterest.” The website states that while employees of the company believe that Ben Silbermann, Pinterest’s chief executive, “is a good person trying to do the right thing,” numerous allegations of racial and gender discrimination at the company have surfaced a need for systemic change.

Former Pinterest employees Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks both came forward prior to Brougher’s lawsuit this week and said they experienced racial discrimination while at the company. Those allegations were reported on by the Post in June, shortly after both decided to leave the company. Now, employees are organizing several initiatives aimed at creating a better and more equitable workplace, actions that include the Friday walkout scheduled for 1 p.m. PT.

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A Pinterest spokesperson told Gizmodo in a statement by email that the company’s leadership and employees “have a shared goal of building and fostering a company we can all be proud of.

“We know we have real work to do and recognize that it’s our job to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for everyone,” the spokesperson said. “We respect and hear the employees who want to see a clear commitment to action, and we will ensure an open dialogue that leads to progress to make Pinterest the place we all know it can be.”

In their petition, addressed to Silbermann, employees are calling for transparency about promotion and retention data; transparency related to compensation packages; and a “commitment to a diversity goal for the third layer reporting to the CEO.”

“These are not isolated cases,” the petition states of the former employees who alleged gender and racial discrimination at Pinterest. “Instead, they are representative of an organizational culture that hurts all Pinterest workers, and keeps us from achieving our mission of bringing everyone the inspiration to create a life they love. We recognize that Pinterest has been a leader in diversity and inclusive hiring, with the diversity goals for new hires. It’s become clear that this is not enough, and that the diversity goals need to apply from the top down, not just the bottom up.”

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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