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WeWork Co-President in Hot Water for Allegedly Saying 'Can't Empathize With Black People'

WeWork is taking another hit and this time for good reason. According to the New York Post , the company is being sued by Ayesha Whyte, on the grounds of racial discrimination and gender bias. Whyte left her high paying job at Disney and headed to WeWork in 2018 under the assumption that she would hold a director position with an annual salary of $200,000 at the company’s New York location. She relocated her entire family, only to find out she would be working in Washington D.C. and for 20 percent less than promised. If that wasn’t enough, it gets worse. According to the filed lawsuit paperwork, Whyte claims that her non-Black counterparts and men were making more than her all while less qualified employees got promotions ahead of her. Whyte was fired on Oct. 27 for bringing the discrimination she faced to the surface. If she went against their wishes of private arbitration, the company threatened to come after her with legal fees. “WeWork keeps people of color out of leadership...

Apr 2, 2020

WeWork Is Launching An Accelerator Focused on Food Tech Startups

WeWork Labs has its eyes set on food tech startups, according to TechCrunch . The innovation program was relaunched by WeWork, the coworking space giant, about a year ago. Now, it is hoping to grab the attention of early-stage startups from across the world. Currently, WeWork Labs has locations in Washington, D.C., New York City, Houston, and Seattle, along with various other international locations. The labs feature workshops, introductions to VCs, mentorship and pitch events to help founders grow their businesses and skills. WeWork Labs’ food tech initiative comes as more investors lean into food tech and other food-focused businesses. According to a report by Food Tech Connect , $1.08 billion in venture capital investments were made to 99 beverage and food industry agreements in 2017. “I do have to say, food carries a disproportionate amount of weight and attention,” Global Head of WeWork Labs Roee Adler said to TechCrunch. “We think it is one of the most exciting areas in the...

Mar 14, 2019

WeWork Is Giving AfroTech Attendees A Chance To Change How They Think About Work

Finding a space that allows you to be your most productive self is essential. Having the right setup can be the difference between getting that proposal you’ve been working on squared away, or continuing to leave it on your to-do list. It’s well known that the right workspace can impact your peace of mind and serve as the inspiration you need to get your big break. That’s where WeWork comes in. WeWork is here for you whether you from WIFI or are looking for an affordable space to start your small business. The global network of workspaces has a presence in 270 locations, including Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Chicago, Milan, and AfroTech’s very own San Francisco / Bay Area . And if you’re joining us for AfroTech 2018, you can test out WeWork’s one-of-a-kind workspaces in your area for free! Photo: Courtesy of WeWork All AfroTech attendees will be able to visit WeWork’s booth to pick up a 1-day pass giving them access to work from any WeWork space in the San Francisco / Bay Area or in...

Oct 19, 2018