Maria Zhang, Yahoo's Senior Director of Engineering and startup success story, has been hit with a sexual harassment lawsuit. Nan Shi, a principal software engineer at Yahoo who reported to Zhang, claims Zhang forced her into sexual encounters, promising her a "a bright future at Yahoo" if she complied.
Shi had been working for Zhang's mobile-app startup in Seattle when, in 2013, Yahoo purchased the start up, and both women relocated to temporary Yahoo housing in Sunnyvale, California. At this residence, Shi (the Plaintiff) alleges, "Zhang coerced Plaintiff to have oral and digital sex with her on multiple occasions against her will, even after Plaintiff told her she did not want to have sex." In the event Shi rejected Zhang, Zhang said "she could take away everything from her including her job, stocks, and future.''
For some time, Shi complied with Zhang's advances. When she began resisting, Zhang filed a poor performance review of Shi and removed her as the project lead in the department. Shi then reported the situation to Yahoo, and in the court filing, says the company did nothing to stop it. They put her on an unpaid leave, then terminated her in full this past Friday.