Female Yahoo Exec Fires Back at Harassment Suit
She says female accuser was trying to save job, shares
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2014 1:27 AM CDT
Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

(Newser) – The female Yahoo executive accused of coercing a female subordinate into sex has fired back with a lawsuit of her own, accusing former employee Nan Shi of making the whole story up for money. In the countersuit, Maria Zhang says she never had sex with Shi, whom she says concocted the story "to save her job and avoid losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in unvested Yahoo stock," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Zhang is suing for defamation and seeking damages for emotional distress.

According to Zhang's version of events, Shi—who joined Yahoo with Zhang when it bought the mobile start-up Zhang founded—started to complain to human resources earlier this year and only made the sexual harassment claim after her request for a transfer was denied. Zhang's suit says Yahoo looked into the complaint and failed to find any emails, text messages, or witnesses who corroborate the relationship, the Silicon Valley Business Journal finds. Shi was fired earlier this month, and Zhang says she was kept on at Yahoo longer than expected so the company could complete its investigation.

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Tom Maker
Jul 29, 2014 8:35 AM CDT
Like women are not sexual predators too! A man would have been fired with a simple accusation. Proves again that women all get special treatment.
Ezekiel 25:17
Jul 22, 2014 2:34 PM CDT
So how does Sheryl Sandberg classify this one? Who is the "bossy" woman this time? Was there any "leaning in" being done in this office? We need to know these things.
Jul 18, 2014 3:13 AM CDT
Human Resources seems to work for Maria Zhang. If your have a harassing boss, a request to transfer is the best way to get from under. Who denied the request?