Coinbase reportedly paid women, Black employees significantly less than counterparts in comparable roles, and the wage gaps were wider than at other tech firms

  • Coinbase paid women and Black employees significantly less than their male and non-Black counterparts, according to a new report from the New York Times. 
  • The report uses internal compensation data from 2018 for most of Coinbase's 830 employees, the Times said.
  • Coinbase has denied discrimination against Black workers.
  • 60 employees voluntarily resigned this year after CEO Brian Armstrong forbade employees from discussing political and social issues at work.
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Coinbase paid women and Black employees significantly less than their male and non-Black counterparts, according to internal compensation data obtained by The New York Times.

Women at Coinbase were paid an average of $13,000, or 8%, less than men in comparable jobs, while Black employees were paid $11,500, or 7%, less than other races, per the Times. The report used 2018 pay data for most of Coinbase's 830 employees, including 16 total salaried Black employees.

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The gender wage gap at Coinbase was larger than the industry average, which amounts to 0.1% when adjusted for comparable jobs, the Times reported.

The Times previously reported on Black Coinbase employees' experience with racism and discrimination at work. A manager reportedly suggested in public that a Black employee was dealing drugs and carrying a gun, and another worker said she heard a colleague describe Black employees as less capable.

Coinbase had preemptively denied discrimination against Black workers prior to the Time story's release. 

"Overall, we expect the story will paint an inaccurate picture that lacks complete information and context, despite our best efforts to fact-check details of the story with the reporter," Coinbase executives said in an unsigned November blog post. 

Internal issues have sparked conflict between some Coinbase employees and management this year. After CEO Brian Armstrong forbade employees from discussing political and social issues at work, 60 employees voluntarily resigned. Following the police killing of unarmed Black man George Floyd, Black employees at many big firms, like Pinterest and Nike, spoke out against corporate racism they experienced.

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Coinbase employees from the customer success and engineering departments staged a virtual walkout in June after Armstrong declined to say "Black lives matter" during a company meeting.

Employees told Business Insider's Melia Russell the company took down bathroom signs that encouraged employees to use the bathroom most comfortable for them, causing a controversy known as "bathroomgate." 

Coinbase confidentially filed paperwork to go public earlier this month, as the price of bitcoin reached record highs. The firm would be the first cryptocurrency exchange to go public.

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