Facebook has denied allegations that it discriminates against women and said it has taken steps to help ensure that it is inclusive of its workers.
The social network’s chief executive officer Sheryl Sandberg announced the change on Friday and also said the company is making it easier for workers to transition into other jobs.
Sandberg said that in the past, employees of both genders had to have the same company name and have to be in the same job category to get paid.
“We now offer more flexibility for those who need it and encourage them to move into jobs where they fit best,” she said in a blog post.
“The company is working hard to make sure we are a place where people of all backgrounds and abilities can thrive.”
Facebook, the world’s largest social network, said in its most recent earnings report that in 2017, there were more than 10,000 female employees in the United States and nearly a third of them were women.
But in 2016, Facebook’s chief diversity officer said in an interview that the company has “seen a lot of progress” with the diversity efforts it has been working on, including the inclusion of a gender-neutral employee identification code.
Sandburg said the gender-specific code was part of a wider plan to create an inclusive workplace that “helps employees feel valued and comfortable working in the company.”
Facebook said it had been working to “build a culture that welcomes everyone and supports diversity of thought, perspective, experience and experience in the workplace.”