Things haven’t been going to good for Yahoo lately. It had to receive huge flaks from different corners firstly due to the hacking of over 500 million Yahoo accounts. Yahoo had to issue a public apology and send emails to all the affected accounts. As if this wasn’t enough, reports emerged that it was automatically scanning all incoming user emails for the government in compliance with a secret government order.
Now Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has come into the spotlight and that too not for a good reason. Marissa Mayer has been accused of sacking male employees and removing them from the company. Former Yahoo Executive Scott Ard has filed a lawsuit against Mayer and a couple of other Yahoo executives in this respect. Mr. Ard has claimed that Mayer is extremely gender-biased and had removed several male employees over the time from the company based on a performance-rating system enforced by her.
He has claimed in the lawsuit, “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.”
Yahoo has, however, refuted all these claims and maintains the position that these claims are totally baseless. According to Yahoo, they have been hiring employees with broad and varied backgrounds, and perspectives and there hasn’t been any gender-bias in this.
Yahoo spokesperson Carolyn Clark said, “With the unwavering support of our CEO, we are focused on hiring employees with broad and varied backgrounds, and perspectives. Our performance-review process was developed to allow employees at all levels of the company to receive meaningful, regular and actionable feedback from others.” She further added, “Our performance-review process also allows for high performers to engage in increasingly larger opportunities at our company, as well as for low performers to be transitioned out.”
This isn’t a sole incidence where Mayer has been accused of gender-bias. Former Yahoo Autos managing editor Gregory Anderson has also filed a lawsuit in this respect. What happens with these lawsuits remains to be seen, but things definitely aren’t looking pretty for Yahoo.