These aren’t the best of days for Yahoo. As it deals with the fallout from the devastating cyber attack which left some 500 million users compromised, it’s also having to answer questions about its compliance with a secret order which resulted in the automatic scanning of all incoming user emails. A former executive has now sued Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer for allegedly forcing male employees out of the company.
Ex-Yahoo executive Scott Ard has filed a lawsuit against Mayer and two other executives claiming that they led a campaign to unfairly terminate male employees from the company. It’s also claimed in the lawsuit that Mayer fired a significant number of employees based on a performance-rating system that she enforced.
“Mayer encouraged and fostered the use of (an employee performance-rating system) to accommodate management’s subjective biases and personal opinions, to the detriment of Yahoo’s male employees,” the lawsuit claims.
Yahoo spokeswoman Carolyn Clark has dismissed the lawsuit. “This lawsuit has no merit. With the unwavering support of our CEO, we are focused on hiring employees with broad and varied backgrounds, and perspectives,” she said in her statement.
Yahoo is already dealing with several pressing matters at this time. If the hack and the reports of scanning emails for the government weren’t enough, it’s also in the midst of a sale to Verizon which is far from being closed at this stage.