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Live-in nanny claims Silicon Valley power couple sexually-harassed and under paid her for years while working at their $7million San Francisco home

  • Julieta Yang, 45, has sued Cameron Poetzscher and his wife Varsha Rao
  • Poetzscher is an exec for Uber, Rao is Airbnb's head of global operations
  • Filipino mother-of-three claims husband repeatedly made sexual advances
  • Alleges that he exposed himself, masturbated and asked for 'handwork'
  • Lawsuit claims he would offer her extra cash for 'massage services'

By Wills Robinson For Dailymail.com

Published: 00:34 EST, 9 October 2015 | Updated: 01:11 EST, 9 October 2015

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A live-in nanny claims a Silicon Valley power couple sexually-harassed and under paid her for years while working at their $7million home. 

Julieta Yang, 45, is suing Uber executive Cameron Poetzscher and his wife, Airbnb head of global operations Varsha Rao, alleging that she was the victim of sexual advances and innuendos when looking after their two children.

The Filipino mother-of-three, who moved from Singapore to continue working with the couple in 2013, has also suggested Poetzscher exposed himself, masturbated and asked for 'handwork' at the luxury San Francisco property.

Lawsuit: Julieta Yang, 45, is suing Uber executive Cameron Poetzscher (left) and his wife, Airbnb head of global operations Varsha Rao (right), claiming that she was the victim of sexual advances and innuendos when looking after their children

According to the lawsuit, Uber's head of corporate development repeatedly asked the housekeeper to rub his back with lotion and offered her extra cash for 'massage services'. 

Yang, who stopped working for the pair in April, claims he also wanted her to 'massage his legs using rolling pins'.

The document adds that Poetzscher, a former investment banker at Goldman Sachs, supposedly wanted to keep his alleged lewd behavior secret from his wife, while Yang cooked, cleaned and did chores for a flat weekly rate of $450.

The salary was based on working five hours a day, but Yang said she would often work 10.  

The couple, both graduates of Havard Business School have strongly denied the claims,The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The pair said in a statement: 'We are both deeply shocked and saddened by these allegations — which are completely and utterly false.

Claims: Yang, a Filipino mother-of-three who moved from Singapore to continue working with the couple, has also suggested Poetzscher exposed himself, masturbated and asked for 'handwork' at the luxury San Francisco property

Claims: Yang (left and right), a Filipino mother-of-three who moved from Singapore to continue working with the couple, has also suggested Poetzscher exposed himself, masturbated and asked for 'handwork' at the luxury San Francisco property

'Julieta worked as our nanny for seven years and was an important part of our family, someone both our children loved deeply. Julieta left in April, and we have not heard from her since then. We will make no further comment about this case.'

Yang is seeking back pay, compensatory damages and punitive damages. 

She also wants to deter others in a similar situation from acting the same way by winning the case.

She is supported by the group of activists Migrante Northern California.

When Yang appeared at a press conference alongside them on Wednesday, she said: 'I know there are many others like me in this city — mothers, migrants, workers doing the work that makes all other work possible. 

'I am speaking up for the sake of my own dignity and so that no other Filipina migrants will have to go through what I went through.'

The couple's San Francisco home was sold for $6.9million in 2012. However Zillow now values it at more than $11million.  

Home: The couple, who own this property that is valued at $11million, have strongly denied the claims. They insist Yang was an important part of the family who was loved by their children

Home: The couple, who own this property that is valued at $11million, have strongly denied the claims. They insist Yang was an important part of the family who was loved by their children

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