Ifeoma Ozoma, a former Pinterest employee, took a major risk last year when she publicly alleged that she faced racist and sexist discrimination while working there. Ozoma helped draft a bill in California that would allow employees under NDA gags to speak out about any discrimination, not just sexual harassment.
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Ifeoma Ozoma is leading a campaign to reform California’s discrimination laws. She has been public about the sex discrimination she has experienced at Pinterest. She was worried that the company would sue her for speaking out about her experience, but she was also aware of a new law that protects her rights. CCP 1001 passed in the wake of the #MeToo movement. It protects you from being fired for speaking out about sex discrimination, but does not protect you from being fired for your stance on racism. Ifeoma is now trying to change the culture of silence in the tech industry by pushing for this legislation.
She was also the organizer at Google until she left the company in 2019. Now, Whittaker hopes that California legislation will empower scores of other workers with the same rights. The California Chamber of Commerce has been fighting this legislation hard. It has argued against many bills passed in the wake of the #MeToo movement.