- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Yahoo is guilty of “actual and intentional gender-based discrimination” against male employees, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by a former employee.

Gregory Anderson, who worked for four years as an editorial director for the website until his firing in November 2014, claimed that female management at Yahoo “intentionally hired and promoted women because of their gender, while terminating, demoting or laying off male employees because of their gender,” The Guardian reported.

The complaint, filed in the federal district court in San Jose, California, singles out Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, former chief marketing officer Kathy Savitt and Yahoo News editor-in-chief Megan Liberman for discriminating against men in the company’s media division, where Mr. Anderson was employed.

Mr. Anderson also accused Yahoo’s internal-performance review system, called QPR, of violating federal and California laws governing mass layoffs. The lawsuit comes as the company announced plans to slash 15 percent of its workforce after posting a massive fourth-quarter loss.

Yahoo responded to Mr. Anderson’s lawsuit in a statement: “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.”

As of July 2015, Yahoo’s workforce was 62% male, with 76% of leadership roles filled by men,” The Guardian reported. According to the complaint, the percentage of female managers in Yahoo’s media division increased from 20% to more than 80% during Ms. Savitt’s tenure and “females with the same Employee Score as male employees were treated better than their male counterparts.”

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