Good morning, Broadsheet readers! White House watchers wonder what role Ivanka Trump played in her father’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, Lyft releases its diversity stats for the first time, and Tesla fires the engineer who complained about discrimination. Have a relaxing weekend.
• Trouble at Tesla. Tesla has fired engineer AJ Vandermeyden, who in February accused the company of ignoring her claims of “unwelcome and pervasive harassment,” unequal pay, and discrimination. The company says she was terminated because her allegations were illegitimate—a spokesperson says Telsa investigated with the help of “a neutral, third-party expert”—while Vandermeyden’s lawyers say the firing was retaliatory.
ALSO IN THE HEADLINES
• Where’s Ivanka? With Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement dominating headlines, many observers wondered what happened to Ivanka Trump, who reportedly opposed his decision. An “administration official” tells CNN that Ivanka advocated on behalf of the Paris pact “until the very end” and claims that her influence may be the reason Trump is opting to withdraw over three years—providing flexibility to change course—rather than all at once.
• Ladies of Lyft. Lyft released its diversity numbers for the first time, revealing that 42% of the company’s employees are women—though only 18% of its tech and engineering teams identify as female. That’s just a hair better than Uber, where women account for 15% of technical roles. As for ethnic diversity: Lyft is 63% white overall, with a management team that is 70% white.
• In the swamp. The White House has disclosed that it has granted ethics waivers to 17 appointees who work for the administration, exempting them from ethics rules barring potential conflicts of interest. Among those listed: Kellyanne Conway and Shahira Knight, a former tax lobbyist who is now a White House adviser on tax and retirement policy.
• Unintended consequences. Appearing at Recode‘s Code conference in California, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards argued that Trump administration policies such as cutting funding to the women’s health nonprofit and making it more difficult and expensive to access contraception will cause abortion rates to rise.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS: CBS Current Programming head Bridget Wiley is leaving the network.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
• Sweet dreams. Also at Code: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and philanthropist and investor Laurene Powell Jobs shared a stage and discussed the future of DACA—the program that protects foreign children brought to the U.S. as undocumented immigrants and allows them to continue living and working in the country.
• Charge me up. In an attempt to squash accusations that the company’s technology is fraudulent, uBeam CEO Meredith Perry demoed her wireless charging device for a USA Today reporter. Apparently, the demonstration worked—though there are still many, many questions to be answered about the viability and safety of the tech.
• May’s majority? While Theresa May’s lead over the opposition Labour party has narrowed in recent days, five out of six major polling firms are still predicting that the British prime minister will win a majority of at least 40 seats in the House of Commons in next week’s election.
• Quitters never win. Tim K. Lynn, a senior executive in charge of the Interior Department’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security, has retired rather than face discipline after investigators determined that he had sexually harassed six women who worked for him or with him.
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