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Yahoo! Work From Home Policy Sparks Outcry

Yahoo! Work From Home Policy Sparks Outcry


Airdate: 02/27/2013

She's the powerful and beautiful CEO who's under fire because she's telling other moms at her company they can no longer work from home.

Elizabeth Vargas said on Good Morning America, "The mommy blogosphere has gone absolutely insane over this."

It turns out that 37-year-old Marissa Mayer has a nursery right next to her office at Yahoo!, where she is CEO. Now, she's being blasted as a hypocrite.

Aisha Tyler on The Talk said, "Well, I'll tell you what lady, you are indeed one yahoo."

Joy Behar said on The View, "Because you're home, you're more relaxed because you don't have to worry about your children."

Sherri Shepherd replied, "They don't want you relaxed. They want a profit."

Mayer is one of the most powerful female executives in America. Last week, she informed Yahoo!'s 11,500 employees that they can't work from home anymore.

Now, Marissa Mayer is being slammed because she used her own money to build a nursery for her four-month-old son Macallister next to her office.

Denise Albert from themoms.com told INSIDE EDITION, "It's a little ridiculous. Unless she's offering her employees the same that she has for her child, which is to bring your kid to work, then I don't see how you can ban other people from working from home."

America's most famous tycoon, Donald Trump, is coming to Mayer's defense.  INSIDE EDITION's Megan Alexander caught up with him at a news conference for the new season of Celebrity Apprentice.

Trump said, "Well I give her tremendous credit. I think she did the absolute right thing. Who knows what people are doing? They're sitting at their house when they're supposed to be working. She wants people to get together to discuss ideas, and you can't do that if you're sitting in a house."

Huffington Post columnist Bonnie Fuller also supports Mayer, writing, "Can critics please give the new female CEO of Yahoo! a break? She should be applauded for bringing her baby to work."

Marissa Mayer appeared on the Today show just last week before the controversy broke, and said, "Well, I've been a mom now for about four-and-a-half months and I've been CEO for seven months. I would say that I wouldn't have missed a minute of either experience."

But many working moms say Mayer, who's worth an estimated $300 million, is a long way from being like them.


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