It was nearly three years ago that TechCrunch broke the story that Ellen Pao, then a partner at vaunted Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, was suing the firm for alleged gender discrimination and professional retaliation she said she experienced after reporting a colleague for sexual harassment. Subsequently, Kleiner responded that Pao’s case has no validity, and that her failure to advance at the firm was due solely to her personal and professional shortcomings as an employee.
It was, and continues to be, an explosive and messy case, with a number of damning allegations on both sides. And now, after many months of failed settlement negotiations and pre-trial meetings, both sides are getting their day in court. At stake is $16 million, which Pao’s legal team says represents her lost earnings as a result of the alleged gender discrimination and retaliation.
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