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The Broadsheet: August 29th

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Meg Whitman is accused of age discrimination, Heather Bresch looks for an EpiPen compromise, and Beyoncé makes a statement on the red carpet. Have a productive Monday.


• Bresch goes generic. Heather Bresch continues to defend Mylan—and herself—against the outrage over the company’s dramatic EpiPen price hikes. This morning, the company announced that it will put out a generic version of the product that will have a list price of $300 for a two-pack, or half the cost of the branded version. Meanwhile, Fortune‘s Jen Wieczner has background on a different Bresch scandal—this one about the revocation of her MBA from West Virginia University.


• Upgrading to a newer model? Four former Hewlett-Packard employees have filed a lawsuit alleging that they were victims of age discrimination. Their case cites comments since 2012 by Meg Whitman, then chief executive of HP and now CEO of HP Enterprise, which they claim show that she was pushing for a larger proportion of younger workers at the company. (An HPE spokesperson says the company’s workforce reduction decisions have been unrelated to age.)  WSJ

• Moms in formation. In arguably the most important moment of last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé invited the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Oscar Grant III—four black men killed in racially charged incidents—to join her on the red carpet. The artist also won the video of the year award for “Formation,” which makes clear reference to the Black Lives Matter movement. People

• Friends with benefits? In 2014, The Clinton Foundation hired Summit Rock Advisors to manage its planned $250 million endowment. Nicole Fox, a managing director with the firm, is a longtime friend of Chelsea Clinton and Fox’s husband was, until recently, an exec at the hedge fund co-founded by Chelsea’s husband, Marc Mezvinsky. While Chelsea reportedly recused herself from the final decision, questions about the ethics of the hire come at a bad time for Hillary Clinton—who already is being accused of granting special access to Foundation donors when she was Secretary of State. WSJ

• Equal pay players. A number of major employers—including Facebook, Apple, and IBM—celebrated Women’s Equality Day by signing on to the White House’s Equal Pay Pledge, which asks that companies promise to help close the national gender pay gap, conduct annual, company-wide pay analyses, and review hiring and promotion practices. Fortune

Amazon tries 30. Amazon, which has previously come under scrutiny for intense working conditions, is reportedly piloting a 30-hour work week for some employees. Among other things, the retailer hopes that the program could help attract more women to top jobs: Men currently hold 76% of management positions at the company.  Fortune

• Birth of a controversy. Nate Parker, director of the forthcoming Birth of a Nation, once again addresses the controversy around the rape allegations brought against him in 1999. Many of his previous statements about the case have been criticized for dismissing the perspective of his accuser (who committed suicide in 2012). Does he fare better in this interview? Judge for yourself: Ebony


Each week, Fortune asks our Insider Network — an online community of prominent people in business and beyond — for career and leadership advice. Here’s some of the best of what we heard last week.

Consider compassion. Kirsten Helvey, COO of Cornerstone OnDemand, has a message for bosses: Remember compassion. The most successful leaders aren’t tough for toughness sake.  Fortune

• Put the personal in personal style. Don’t worry too much about following some arbitrary set of “rules” about how to dress at work, writes Heather Rangel, a principal in Deloitte’s Global Employer Services practice: “Successful women don’t follow a single path when it comes to style or presence.” Fortune

The 60 minute solution. Want to hire the best person? Don’t rush the interview process, says Emily Borders, co-founder and principal of Highwire Public Relations, who suggests you give every candidate a full hour of your time. Fortune


• Wonks Who Code. Laura Weidman Powers, CEO of Code2040, talks about serving as senior policy adviser to U.S. chief technology officer Megan Smith in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. Fortune

• Volley with Venus. The New York Times‘ Katherine Rosman writes about Venus Williams’ latest off-court endeavors: EleVen, her activewear line, and V*Starr Interiors, her interior design firm. Rosman also managed parlay the interview into a dream of tennis fans everywhere—a lesson from Williams.

 Dangerous road. In this investigation into the male-dominated world of long-haul trucking, Mary Pilon reveals an industry where women say they’re subjected to on-the-job sexual harassment ranging from catcalling to rape. Just as chilling, she finds “a broken structure of accountability that creates few incentives for taking their claims seriously and, in many cases, leaves women in danger.”   Mary Review

The end of Solo’s Reign? On the heels of her six-month suspension by U.S. Soccer, Hope Solo has been “granted a personal leave” from her pro team in the National Women’s Soccer League. No return date for goalie has been disclosed.  Time

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Boston hopes salary negotiation workshops will create a culture shift  WBUR

Chef April Bloomfield’s animal ambition  WSJ

From bikinis to burkinis, regulating what women wear  New York Times

How Britney Spears and Carly Rae Jepsen stay relevant  Vulture


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