USA: Former Yahoo male employee sues tech firm for alleged gender discrimination

Author: Julia Carrie Wong, Guardian (UK), Published on: 5 February 2016

“Former Yahoo employee accuses company of gender bias – against men”, 3 Feb 2016

…[I]n a lawsuit filed 1 February in US district court, Yahoo is accused of “actual and intentional gender-based discrimination” against male employees by…a former Yahoo employee…As of July 2015, Yahoo’s workforce was 62% male, with 76% of leadership roles filled by men…Despite this disparity, Anderson’s lawsuit paints a picture of female management at Yahoo that “intentionally hired and promoted women because of their gender, while terminating, demoting or laying off male employees because of their gender”…The allegations against Yahoo revolve around the troubled company’s use of so-called “quarterly performance reviews” (QPR)…The complaint alleges that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer “encouraged and fostered the use of the QPR Program to accommodate management’s subjective biases and personal opinions, to the detriment of Yahoo’s male employees”…Yahoo’s response to the lawsuit did not specifically address the charges of gender discrimination, but said: “As noted in our Diversity Report, fairness is a guiding principle of our annual review and reward process.  Our performance review process was developed to allow employees at all levels of the company to receive meaningful, regular, and actionable feedback from others.  We believe this process allows our team to develop and do their best work.”…

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Related companies: Yahoo! (part of Verizon)