Snapchat Settles Discrimination and Harassment Lawsuit for $15 Million

Snapchat Settles Discrimination and Harassment Lawsuit for $15 Million
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Cal­i­for­nia Civ­il Rights Depart­ment Sues Snapchat for Gen­der Dis­crim­i­na­tion and Harassment

Snapchat Inc. has agreed to a $15 mil­lion set­tle­ment with the Cal­i­for­nia Civ­il Rights Depart­ment (CRD) fol­low­ing alle­ga­tions of gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion, work­place sex­u­al harass­ment, and retal­i­a­tion against female employees.

The CRD launched a three-year inves­ti­ga­tion after claims sur­faced that women, par­tic­u­lar­ly in engi­neer­ing roles (70% of Snapchat’s work­force), faced bar­ri­ers to pro­mo­tion and advancement.

Com­plaints Allege Unequal Oppor­tu­ni­ties and Retaliation

The CRD’s com­plaint details instances where female employ­ees were dis­cour­aged from pur­su­ing pro­mo­tions, passed over for oppor­tu­ni­ties by less-qual­i­fied male col­leagues, and even sub­ject­ed to sex­u­al harass­ment. Addi­tion­al­ly, the CRD alleges that women who voiced con­cerns faced retal­i­a­tion, includ­ing neg­a­tive per­for­mance reviews and termination.

Set­tle­ment Includes Pol­i­cy Review, Train­ing, and Monitoring

As part of the set­tle­ment, Snapchat will:

  • Hire an inde¬≠pen¬≠dent con¬≠sul¬≠tant to assess com¬≠pen¬≠sa¬≠tion and pro¬≠mo¬≠tion prac¬≠tices for fairness.
  • Engage an exter¬≠nal audi¬≠tor to mon¬≠i¬≠tor com¬≠pli¬≠ance with anti-dis¬≠crim¬≠i¬≠na¬≠tion, anti-harass¬≠ment, and anti-retal¬≠i¬≠a¬≠tion policies.
  • Imple¬≠ment train¬≠ing pro¬≠grams for staff on pre¬≠vent¬≠ing work¬≠place dis¬≠crim¬≠i¬≠na¬≠tion and harassment.

While deny­ing the CRD’s claims, Snapchat opt­ed for set­tle­ment to avoid lengthy legal pro­ceed­ings. The set­tle­ment requires court approval.

Address¬≠ing Gen¬≠der Issues in Tech

This case under­scores ongo­ing efforts to com­bat gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion and harass­ment with­in the tech indus­try. It high­lights the impor­tance of proac­tive mea­sures by com­pa­nies to cre­ate inclu­sive and equi­table work­places for all employees.

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