Yahoo's CEO, Marissa Mayer, and two other Yahoo executives (both female) stand accused of manipulating and abusing the company's "quarterly performance review" system to fire male employees and replace them with female employees.
The well-substantiated allegations are made in a lawsuit filed by a fired male media executive, Scott Ard, who states:
Mayer encouraged and fostered the use of [an employee performance-rating system] to accommodate management's subjective biases and personal opinions, to the detriment of Yahoo's male employees.
According to the suit, performance review scores were assigned by employees' managers, but would then be subjected to a "calibration" process by higher-level management (i.e. by Mayer and/or her female executive appointees).
Poor scores would be handed to male employees to justify their dismissals, and the dismissed employees' replacements would almost invariably be female.
Two other executives, Kathy Savitt, Yahoo's chief marketing officer at the time, and Megan Liberman, current editor-in-chief of Yahoo News (identified as vice president of news for Yahoo at the time), are mentioned in the lawsuit.
Ard alleged that 14 of the 16 senior-level editorial employees hired or promoted by Savitt in about an 18-month period were female. He also alleged Savitt has publicly expressed support for increasing the number of women in media and has intentionally hired and promoted women, while firing and demoting men because of their gender.
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