Our thanks to Elizabeth for this. The start of the piece:
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer again finds herself at the heart of a lawsuit by a former male employee alleging that she presided over the unfair ousting of men in the office.
Scott Ard, Yahoo’s former editorial director and current editor-in-chief of the Silicon Valley Business Journal, filed a lawsuit against Mayer earlier this week in federal court in San Jose, California.
In the suit, as reported by The Mercury News, Ard alleges Mayer encouraged 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.”
Ard also accuses Kathy Savitt, Yahoo’s former chief marketing officer, and Megan Liberman, the current editor-in-chief of Yahoo News, of discriminating against men. As evidence, the lawsuit alleges women accounted for less than 20 percent of the “top managers … including the chief editors of the verticals and magazines” reporting to Savitt when she started with the company.
“Within a year and a half those top managers were more than 80 percent female,” the lawsuit says, alleging that Savitt “intentionally hired and promoted women because of their gender, while terminating, demoting or laying off male employees because of their gender.”
The suit says Ard was fired in 2015 for allegedly unsatisfactory performance, but that his performance reviews and stock options had previously indicated he’d been doing a “fully satisfactory” job in his roughly three years with the company.