Yet another technology executive is being accused of sexual harassment.
The suit also alleges that the company's human resources personnel "refused to conduct a proper investigation" and that Shi was wrongfully terminated. In an e-mailed statement, a Yahoo spokeswoman said, "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."
The suit follows a series of recent headlines about accusations of misconduct by technology executives. While other sectors are hardly immune to such charges, they come amid a time when the industry is already grappling with how to attract and retain more women to its ranks.
Last week, the CEO of mobile marketing company Urban Airship announced he was taking an "extended leave of absence" amid allegations of sexual assault. Earlier this month, a former executive of Tinder, the mobile dating app, filed a suit alleging sexual harassment and discrimination.
In April, RadiumOne CEO Gurbaksh Chahal was terminated following a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence. And earlier this year, after complaints by a female employee at the programming network GitHub, a co-founder resigned due to "mistakes and errors of judgment," according to a company blog post. An internal investigation "found no evidence of gender-based discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or abuse."