2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang finds himself facing accusations that he terminated a woman after she complained about being paid far less than her male counterparts while he was the chief executive of a tutoring firm. The woman, who remains unidentified, says that she worked for Yang at Manhattan Prep.
Buzzfeed was able to get copies of documents that showed that Yang hired two men at salaries of $125,000, while the woman was hired at a salary of $87,000 in comparison.
The woman also claims that the men were also offered a $50,000 relocation bonus fee each. The two men had similar jobs to the woman.
The woman states that when the two men were hired by Yang at higher wages, she had already been at the company for over two years.
The woman told Buzzfeed “I believe Andrew fired me as retaliation for asking to be paid a salary that was still significantly less than what he was paying my male counterparts.”
She also stated that Yang had “always spoke positively” about her and her work before the alleged disparity between her pay and that of “male colleagues in similar roles” was brought up.
A spokesperson for Yang, S.Y. Lee, responded by stating “Like many CEOs, Andrew Yang has had the unfortunate task of letting staff go who did not meet the organization’s standards. The information provided by the letter-writer does not reflect the reality of the situation.”
The woman is not the first individual to speak out about the way women employed by Yang are treated. Another ex-employee at the test preparation company says that back in September she was terminated because she got married.
Kimberly Watkins claims that Yang fired her just three days after she returned from her honeymoon. Watkins says that she had hit all of her “growth targets” and performed well while employed by the firm.
Yang addressed Watkins’s claims while appearing on “The View” and stated that there was “zero truth” to Watkins’s claims and that her termination had nothing to do with her “marital status.”
The woman, who claims she was fired for questioning why less experienced men were making more than she was, also told Buzzfeed that it was “disheartening” to see Yang running as a “feminist candidate.”