Yahoo Exec Files For Defamation Counter-Suit Against Sexual Harassment Claim
Maria Zhang, the executive at Yahoo has recently filed a defamation counter-suit against Nan Shi’s allegation that accused Zhang of sexually harassing her and wrongful termination.
In her filing, Zhang called Shi’s accusations of forcing her to have oral sex “outrageously false” and based on attempts to extort Yahoo.
Shi filed a complaint in Santa Clara Court claiming that Zhang had forced her to have sex with her on numerous occasions. Shi, out of fear of losing her job, did not come forward at first, but when did complain about it to Yahoo seniors, they apparently did nothing and instead put Shi on an unpaid leave and later terminated her.
According to Shi’s complaint, “Zhang told [Shi] she would have a bright future at Yahoo if she had sex with her.” Not only that, but Zhang threatened to take away her job and give Shi a permanent stain on her career if she did not comply with Zhang’s motives.
“She also stated she could take away everything from her including her job, stocks, and future if she did not do what she wanted,” this was according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit claims that Zhang forced Shi to “work grueling hours and compose work emails over the weekend at the apartment, sometimes right after sex.” Now here is something that I don’t get, “sometimes after sex,” what does that mean?
Did Shi previously engage herself with Zhang? And if she did, then why did she complain about the sexual harassment later on?
Looks like Shi was asking for trouble when and [if] she even did pay conjugal visits to her boss. I guess she might have gotten tired of all the work. mMaybe she felt entitled to less work and more pay since she was very CLOSE to her boss.
A representative at Yahoo had this to say about the lawsuit,
“As we previously stated, there is absolutely no basis or truth to the allegations against Maria Zhang. Maria is an exemplary Yahoo executive, and we intend to fight vigorously to clear her name.”
After she got tired of it all, Shi resisted the advances made by Zhang and thus started to get bad work reviews. The complaint that was filed was partly in fear of Shi losing her job. However, the department conducted a “thorough research” (according to Zhang) but found no evidence since Shi had already received crummy reports from two other supervisors.
Zhang claims that Shi’s claims have resulted in emotional damages and damage to her reputation as well, particularly the claims of forced digital and oral sex. Zhang is seeking damages from Shi in her counter-suit.