Female Yahoo exec sued for sexual harassment

sexual harassmentThe software engineer, Nan Shi, filed a complaint Friday, alleging sexual harassment, emotional distress and wrongful termination.

The executive is Maria Zhang, a senior director of engineering. Her previous company, Propeld, was acquired by Yahoo in 2013. She also held positions at Microsoft and Zillow in the past.

The complaint says that Shi had worked at Yahoo since February 2013, and that Zhang was her direct supervisor.

According to lawyers representing Shi, the two women had worked together at Propeld.

The complaint says that Zhang “coerced” Shi to have “oral and digital sex” with her on multiple occasions against her will.

The incidents took place at Shi’s temporary Yahoo housing unit in Sunnyvale, Calif., the complaint says.

Zhang promised a “bright future” at Yahoo, the complaint says, and also threatened that she could “take everything away from her.”

Shi’s lawyers told CNNMoney that the women never had an intimate relationship prior to the harassment.

The complaint says that once Shi rejected Zhang’s advances, she received poor performance reviews and less important assignments.

The complaint also says that she reported the harassment to Yahoo’s (YHOOTech30)human resources, and that the company did not perform a proper investigation and ultimately fired her.

Read more: http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/12/technology/yahoo-lawsuit/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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