SAN FRANCISCO, March 29 (Reuters) – To some Silicon Valley
watchers, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers gender
discrimination case became a referendum on the challenging state
of women in technology. But for the lone woman in technology on
the jury, an at times unfriendly workplace did not amount to
gender discrimination at the powerful venture capital firm.
The jury on Friday cleared Kleiner on all charges of gender
bias and retaliation, leaving the technology community scouring
the jurors for the thinking behind their decision and for clues
on whether other gender discrimination cases can succeed.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A California jury on Friday cleared venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers of gender discrimination claims brought against it by a woman former partner in a trial that transfixed Silicon Valley.
The jury also said it had cleared Kleiner on a claim that the firm had retaliated against former partner Ellen Pao by “teminating” her employment after she sued in 2012.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A California jury ruled Friday to
clear venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers
of gender discrimination in a lawsuit brought by a former woman
partner, but the judge ordered jurors to resume deliberations on
a claim of retaliation.
The jury in California Superior Court decided that gender
was not the reason Kleiner did not promote the partner, Ellen
Pao. The jury cleared Kleiner on three claims and voted eight to
four in favor of Kleiner on a fourth claim by Pao that the firm
retaliated against her after she sued in 2012.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A California jury cleared venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers of gender discrimination in a high profile lawsuit brought by female former partner Ellen Pao.
The jury decided that gender was not the reason Kleiner did not promote Pao, and that it did not retaliate against her by terminating her.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 27 (Reuters) – A California jury has
reached a verdict in a high profile gender discrimination
lawsuit brought by former Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers
partner Ellen Pao against the venture capital firm, a court
official said on Friday.
The verdict will be read at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET) in San
Francisco Superior Court in a case that helped spark a broad
discussion about sexism in Silicon Valley.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – For the past month, the name most associated with venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is former partner Ellen Pao, who took the firm to trial for gender discrimination and retaliation.
Now the company is searching for new names, at a more intense level than is typical in venture capital, leaders who will take over the firm in coming years as current partners retire.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Dollar signs rather than discrimination drove a former partner at venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to file her gender discrimination suit, a lawyer for the firm told jurors Tuesday in the high-profile trial.
“The complaints of Ellen Pao were made for only one purpose,” said Lynne Hermle, a lawyer for Kleiner Perkins, in her closing arguments in San Francisco Superior Court. “A huge payout for Team Ellen.”
SAN FRANCISCO, March 24 (Reuters) – A former partner at
venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was judged
by a different standard than male colleagues, her attorney told
jurors on Tuesday, as a landmark Silicon Valley sex bias case
entered its final stages.
During closing arguments in San Francisco Superior Court,
plaintiff Ellen Pao’s attorney Alan Exelrod said men ran Kleiner
Perkins and “no woman was going to challenge them.”
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A landmark Silicon Valley sex bias case that has forced venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to air awkward details about its operations goes to closing arguments on Tuesday after four weeks of testimony.
That will pave the way for a California jury to deliberate claims by former Kleiner partner Ellen Pao that have helped spark a broad discussion about sexism in the notoriously clubby tech start-up scene.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A judge in a high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit will allow a former partner at venture firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers to seek punitive damages, adding to the potential pricetag for the firm if it loses the case.
In his ruling Saturday, San Francisco-based Judge Harold Kahn wrote that former Kleiner partner Ellen Pao could ask a jury for punitive damages, which could run into the tens of millions of dollars or more. First, however, she must convince the jury that the firm engaged in intentional gender discrimination and retaliation, and that the firm acted with malice.