Maria Zhang, a senior director of engineering at Yahoo Mobile, has
been sued by Nan Shi, who worked as a principal software engineer in
Yahoo from February 2013, according to a complaint filed on July 8
in Santa Clara Superior Court in San Jose, California.
The complaint alleges that Zhang coerced Shi to have oral and
digital sex with her on multiple occasions in Sunnyvale, California,
and told her she would have a "bright future" at Yahoo if she had
sex with Zhang.
Shi is seeking monetary as well as punitive damages. The lawsuit
also names Yahoo as a defendant.
"There is absolutely no basis or truth to the allegations against
Maria Zhang. Maria is an exemplary Yahoo executive and we intend to
fight vigorously to clear her name,” a Yahoo representative said in
Zhang founded her own mobile company, Alike, which was acquired by
Yahoo in 2013. She also worked at Microsoft and Zillow before
joining Yahoo, according to her LinkedIn profile.
In the complaint, Shi accuses Zhang of unfairly downgrading her
performance reviews for the second and third quarters of 2013.
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The lawsuit alleges that the company's human resources personnel
refused to conduct an investigation when Shi complained about her
direct supervisor's advances.
Instead, according to the complaint, Shi was put on unpaid leave and
eventually terminated from her position in the company.
(Reporting by Devika Krishna Kumar in Bangalore; Editing by Mohammad
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