Yang contends, reports James Covert in the New York Post, that Poetzcher sexually harassed her and paid her wages below the legal limit. Among the claims in the lawsuit is that he was continually "exposing himself, masturbating in front of her, and requesting inappropriate massages."
When Yang disclosed this pattern of behavior to Poetzcher's wife, Varsha Rao, nothing was done. Rao heads global operations at Airbnb.
The question is if wealthy, powerful Poetzscher is simply a deep pocket to target with a lawsuit. Or has he been a sexual predator.
Uber, which is under attack both in the U.S. and abroad, doesn't need this kind of bad publicity. Will Poetzcher be smart to just settle, with a gag order attached? Then the scandal would fade from the media.