SAN FRANCISCO — A second man has filed a lawsuit alleging Marissa Mayer and other top Yahoo female executives discriminated in favor of women in their hiring, firing and promotions in the company's editorial division.
Scott Ard, who worked for more than three years at Yahoo until early 2015, says he and others were terminated to "accommodate management’s subjective biases and personal opinions, to the detriment of Yahoo’s male employees,” according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in San Jose, Calif., this week.
The suit alleges the performance-rating system, fostered by Mayer, resulted in a rapid succession of individual layoffs, which violates the U.S. and California Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) acts that require advance notification of mass layoffs.
Ard started at Yahoo on Sept. 19, 2011, where he managed editorial programming of the Yahoo homepage, Yahoo.com. For five of the next seven quarters, he received performance ratings of "exceeds" or "greatly exceeds."
But Ard says his job was handed to a woman hired by former Yahoo executive Megan Liberman, who is also named in the suit. On Jan. 30, 2015, Liberman called Ard to tell him he was fired because his job performance was "not satisfactory," the suit says.
An attorney for Ard, who is now editor-in-chief of Silicon Valley Business Journal, declined comment.
Yahoo spokeswoman Carolyn Clark said the company does not comment on pending litigation. But she added its performance review process was "developed to allow employees at all levels of the company to receive meaningful, regular, and actionable feedback from others."
Ard's allegations echo a suit filed earlier this year by Gregory Anderson, a former editorial director for Yahoo Travel, Yahoo Autos and other online destinations. Anderson claims he was fired in November 2014 based on the same quarterly performance review system cited in Ard's suit. He, too, is challenging the legality of that review system.
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