Scott Ard, who was terminated in 2015 after three and a half years at Yahoo, filed the suit in a San Jose, Calif., federal court. He alleges that an employee performance-rating system implemented by Mayer was manipulated to remove many male staffers and replace them with women.
A Yahoo rep issued a statement blasting the suit: “This lawsuit has no merit. With the unwavering support of our CEO we are focused on hiring employees with broad and varied backgrounds, and perspectives. As we have stated in the past, the quarterly performance review process is not only fair but has improved our overall performance.”
In addition to pointing the finger at Mayer, Ard also calls out former Yahoo CMO Kathy Savitt and Yahoo News editor-in-chief Megan Liberman for being complicit in the effort to skew the gender composition of Yahoo’s staff. Ard was editorial director at Yahoo, with oversight of the company’s home page.
Verizon has since acquired Yahoo, but is reportedly seeking to cut the purchase price by $1 billion in the wake of a damaging security breach.