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Male Gender Discrimination in California: Fired Yahoo Employee Sues Company for Sexism

A former employee of Yahoo recently sued the tech giant for gender discrimination, and the case has caught the attention of many major news outlets; not just because of the Yahoo brand, but because the fired employee is male.

While most of us are familiar with stories about gender bias in the California tech scene, they typically involve sex discrimination against women, not men. But a former Yahoo employee says he isn't the only male who has faced discrimination from female executives while working for the tech company.

A former employee of Yahoo recently sued the tech giant for gender discrimination, and the case has caught the attention of many major news outlets; not just because of the Yahoo brand, but because the fired employee is male.

While most of us are familiar with stories about gender bias in the California tech scene, they typically involve sex discrimination against women, not men. But a former Yahoo employee says he isn't the only male who has faced discrimination from female executives while working for the tech company.

Claims of Gender Discrimination Against Male Yahoo Employees

While cases regarding discrimination against women in the workplace often make news headlines, male complaints of sex discrimination and harassment have also been on the rise in recent years. And now a former male employee is suing Yahoo for gender bias, a claim that is legally protected. In fact, according to both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and California's Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), discrimination against men due to their sex is just as unlawful as it is against women in the workplace.

As if Yahoo's recent bad press with the announcement of mass layoffs weren't bad enough, the lawsuit Gregory Anderson filed digs deep - going beyond discrimination charges. Anderson's case sheds light on some more of Yahoo's dirty laundry regarding the tech company's controversial quarterly performance reviews. The discrimination suit claims that Anderson was employed by the media division of Yahoo until he was terminated in November 2014. Anderson alleges that he was subjected to the company's performance management system, which he claims was arbitrary and unfair. According to the suit, the numeric ranking system that Yahoo uses to evaluate employees' performances often results in workers being fired if they have the lowest scores. Anderson also alleges that female managers at Yahoo would discriminate against men in both their hiring and termination practices. The suit claims, "Mayer encouraged and fostered the use of the QPR Program to accommodate management's subjective biases and personal opinions, to the detriment of Yahoo's male employees."

The lawsuit also says that when male and female employees in Yahoo's media division would receive equally-low scores, women were allowed to keep their jobs, while men were fired. In addition to that, the complaint says that a female employee with equally-low scores was "allowed to appeal her rating whereas the terminated male was denied an opportunity to appeal."

Former Chief Marketing Officer, Kathy Savitt, was also singled-out in the complaint for hiring women almost exclusively when it came to Yahoo media division management positions.

Gender Discrimination Suit Claims Additional California Employment Law Violations

Anderson's lawsuit isn't just about gender discrimination. It also alleges that Yahoo violated California labor and employment laws in other ways. Anderson claims that employees were fired without just cause, and the company didn't give 60 days' notice to staff members who were terminated in mass layoffs (more than 50 people at a time). Anderson was just one of the 600 workers laid off last November, and received the news while on official leave to finish a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he was a journalist representing the tech giant.

Anti-Discrimination Law Protects Everyone Regardless of Sex

While it may seem more believable when a woman comes forward to claim that she was fired due to her gender, Joanna Grossman, professor of family law at Hofstra University says that anti-discrimination law, "protects men just as much as it protects women." Grossman went on to say that even though the burden is legally the same, it's more difficult for the factfinder to draw the inference of discrimination when the claim comes from a male.

Gregory Anderson's sex and gender discrimination lawsuit against Yahoo raises even more concerns over how lingering gender discrimination against women should be corrected. In fact, sex discrimination cases that have been brought by men in the past, have played a large role in the courts recognizing instances of sex discrimination; proving that gender discrimination isn't just against women, but males as well.

Read the original story via Huffington Post: Why A Man Is Suing Yahoo For Sexism

Yahoo Sex Discrimination Case: Additional Information

  • A man who got laid off from Yahoo is suing the company for alleged gender discrimination via Business Insider
  • Fired Yahoo Employee Sues Company, Says He Was Discriminated Against Because He's A Man via Think Progress
  • Former Yahoo employee accuses company of gender bias - against men via The Guardian
  • Gregory Anderson's Discrimination Complaint Against Yahoo: Full Text

No one should be discriminated against because of their gender. If you feel your California employer is subjecting you to unlawful discrimination, contact our expert sex and gender discrimination lawyers for your free consultation today.

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