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A female ex-Yahoo! employee has filed suit against Maria Zhang, a top company exec, alleging that Zhang retaliated against her and ultimately had her fired from the Purple Palace after she refused Zhang's sexual advances. In documents [PDF] filed with the California Superior Court in Santa Clara on Friday and obtained Monday …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Digital Sex

    When I saw this story on the Daily Fail, it seemed most of the comments were devoted to confusion over the term "digital sex".

    1. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: Digital Sex

      "When I saw this story on the Daily Fail"

      FWIW on the time delay: we saw this story first emerge on Friday evening (California time), but held off until we were able to obtain the court filing this morning. Just to check, y'know.

      C.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Digital Sex

      > When I saw this story on the Daily Fail, it seemed most of the comments were devoted to confusion over the term "digital sex".

      Clearly it means that fingers were involved.

      1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
        IT Angle

        Re: Digital Sex

        somewhere between 1 and 10 bits.

      2. Eddy Ito Silver badge

        Re: Digital Sex

        Clearly it means that fingers were involved.

        Cunnifingus?

    3. Dick Pountain

      Re: Digital Sex

      That's it then, no more boring analog sex for me!

  2. John H Woods Silver badge

    Sexual harassment?

    ... sounds more like sexual assault to me.

    1. Turtle

      @John H Woods

      "sounds more like sexual assault to me"

      That's what I'm thinking too. I'd have expected a police investigation and a possible criminal complaint as opposed to merely a civil action...

      1. KjetilS

        Re: @John H Woods

        Yes, but it seems that females are unable to sexually assault. At least that's what society seems to think.

  3. Charles Manning

    Anything! to! keep! Yahoo! in! the! news!

    Bugger the PDFs...

    Playmobil or it didn;'t happen.

  4. asdf Silver badge

    snap thoughts

    Either a jilted lover or another sociopathic executive taking advantage of an H1B would be my guess. Either way it was ethically wrong IMHO for a supervisor to live with a direct report. Yahoo HR should have conducted an investigation regardless. The spokesman immediately jumping to defend her without a decent internal investigation being done (which seems to be the case) also looks unprofessional and shady.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: snap thoughts

      "Either a jilted lover or another sociopathic executive taking advantage of an H1B would be my guess."

      It is somewhat discriminatory to assume that someone with a foreign-ish name is a H1B visa holder. Nan has a masters from Ohio University. H1B visa holders typically receive their degrees overseas in order to qualify for the H1B visa, in order to get to the US.

      But there is a lot more too this issue that appears. Both Maria and Nan joined Yahoo at the same time, because they were both at Alike. So, it appears as part of the Alike acquisition, Maria and Nan both relocated, and accepted Yahoo provided housing.

      And prior to Alike, both Maria and Nan worked at Microsoft, where they presumably met. Maria left in 2010 for Alike, and Nan in 2012. Maria worked on Personal Relevance for MSN, and Nan worked on Local Search for Bing. Since MSN became Bing, those are probably the same things.

      http://www.linkedin.com/in/mariarenhuizhang

  5. intrigid

    Absolutely no truth? Does that mean the boss and employee didn't live together? That seems pretty easy to verify, one way or the other. If they lived together then that's strange in itself.

  6. Khaptain Silver badge
    Coat

    Palace ?

    Are you sure that it is Purple and not Pubian...

  7. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    Holy shit!

    This is getting interesting!

  8. Herby Silver badge

    We intend to fight vigorously to clear her name....

    After a private confidential settlement of $n million. Assuming it is true.

  9. Denarius Silver badge
    Unhappy

    cant be

    manglement is always right

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yahoo! Strangest company ever...

  11. Gert Leboski

    Blimey!

    All this story needed was some involvement by Marissa Mayer and I'd have closed the curtains and "worked" from home today.

  12. Valeyard

    Well if it's true I certainly hope it gets dealt with properly and not trampled by expensive lawyers, sounds awful

    1. TitterYeNot

      Expensive lawyers

      "hope it gets dealt with properly and not trampled by expensive lawyers"

      Ahem. This is in the US of A, and California no less. I wouldn't hold your breath...

  13. Charlie Clark Silver badge

    Broken law

    This is another example of why American law is so fucked. Sexual harassment should be a criminal offence: report it to the cops and let the public prosecutor take over and not a feast for civil action lawyers fighting not for right or wrong but for the biggest payout.

  14. Henry Minute

    Yahoo Management Take Action

    Given the customary lassitude of Yahoo Management I would suggest that in order to meet the deadline for the court hearing they will have to get their (collective) finger out.

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