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Mar 4, 2015

Venture capitalist Doerr seeks to fend off Kleiner sexism charges

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Venture capitalist John Doerr on
Tuesday sought to fend off allegations of sexism at his firm,
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in a gender discrimination
lawsuit targeting the firm, insisting he had been a strong
advocate for women there.

Doerr, viewed as the firm’s leader, talked up his backing of
women as both venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. But he also
had to handle questions – from whether he had denied former
Kleiner Perkins partner Ellen Pao a company board seat because
she was pregnant to whether he had said she had “a female chip
on her shoulder.”

Mar 3, 2015

Venture capitalist Doerr testifies in Kleiner sexism case

SAN FRANCISCO, March 3 (Reuters) – Venture capitalist John
Doerr on Tuesday sought to fend off allegations of sexism at his
firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in testimony in a gender
discrimination lawsuit targeting the firm.

Doerr, viewed as the firm’s leader, answered questions on
why he noted the parental status of women, not men, in business
emails, and whether he had said a male partner “needed a win” as
a reason to keep him on a key board.

Mar 3, 2015

Venture capitalist John Doerr to testify in sexism case

SAN FRANCISCO, March 3 (Reuters) – Venture capitalist John
Doerr, credited with backing Amazon.com Inc, Google Inc
and many other technology companies, is set to testify
on Tuesday in a gender discrimination trial involving his firm,
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Doerr, viewed as the firm’s leader, is likely to discuss his
treatment of former partner Ellen Pao, his chief of staff before
she joined the firm’s digital team and then suing the firm in
2012. Whether Kleiner failed to support women as much as men is
a key point of contention in the case, which has helped spark an
ongoing discussion about sexism in Silicon Valley.

Mar 3, 2015

Former HP chairman admits ‘mistake’ in sexism trial

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Onetime highflying tech executive
Ray Lane testified on Monday during a sex discrimination trial
involving his former employer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers,
that he made a mistake in judgment involving the harassment of a
female venture capitalist at the firm, and that he feared for
the woman’s safety.

Lane, who previously served as executive chairman of
Hewlett-Packard Co and president of Oracle Corp
, told the court he erred in not immediately informing
others that Trae Vassallo told him about unwanted advances by
her colleague, Ajit Nazre, during a 2011 business trip.

Mar 2, 2015

Former HP chairman admits ‘mistake’ in venture firm sexism trial

SAN FRANCISCO, March 2 (Reuters) – Onetime highflying tech
executive Ray Lane testified on Monday during a sex
discrimination trial involving his former employer, Kleiner
Perkins Caufield & Byers, that he made a mistake in judgment
involving the harassment of a female venture capitalist at the
firm.

Lane, who previously served as executive chairman of
Hewlett-Packard Co and president of Oracle Corp
, told the court that he erred in not immediately
informing others that Trae Vassallo told him about unwanted
advances by her colleague, Ajit Nazre, during a 2011 business
trip.

Mar 2, 2015

Former HP chairman to testify in venture firm sexism trial

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Onetime highflying tech executive Ray Lane is expected to testify Monday in a discrimination and retaliation trial involving his former employer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the investment firm that has backed companies from Google Inc (GOOGL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Lane, who previously served as executive chairman of Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and president of Oracle Corp (ORCL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), is likely to discuss his response to incidents of alleged harassment and discrimination at the venture capital firm. Whether it reacted appropriately is at the heart of the suit, filed by former partner Ellen Pao.

Feb 25, 2015

California venture firm sexism trial hears of late night hotel visit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – On a 2011 business trip to New
York, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers venture firm partner Trae
Vassallo answered a late night knock on her hotel room door. A
male colleague, Ajit Nazre, was standing there in his bathrobe
and slippers.

“He asked if he could come in. I said no,” Vassallo said in
testimony on Tuesday at the closely-watched trial over
allegations of gender discrimination and retaliation against one
of the highest-profile venture capital firms in the United
States.

Feb 24, 2015

Kleiner firm was not level playing field for women, trial told

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Kleiner Perkins Caufield &
Byers, the investment firm that has backed tech companies from
Google to Amazon, fired a woman junior partner after she
complained of gender discrimination, her lawyer said at trial on
Tuesday.

Former Kleiner partner Ellen Pao accuses the firm of firing
her after she complained about harassment by a male partner.
Kleiner has denied the accusations of discrimination and
retaliation, and says Pao underperformed her peers.

Feb 24, 2015

Silicon Valley gender discrimination case heads to trial

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the investment firm that has backed tech companies from Google to Amazon, will defend itself in court on Tuesday in a closely watched gender discrimination case that could lay open the inner workings of venture capital.

Former Kleiner partner Ellen Pao accuses the firm of holding her back from a promotion and better compensation after she complained about harassment by a male partner. Kleiner has denied the accusations of discrimination and retaliation, and says Pao underperformed her peers. Both sides are expected to make opening statements on Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court.

Feb 20, 2015

U.S. West Coast ports talks break for night without deal

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Shipping executives and
union leaders for dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports ended a
third straight day of contract talks late on Thursday without a
settlement, despite arm-twisting from the U.S. labor secretary,
but planned to meet again on Friday.

Labor Secretary Tom Perez joined the talks in San Francisco
on Tuesday at the behest of President Barack Obama, who has come
under growing political pressure to intervene in a dispute that
has rippled through the trans-Pacific commercial supply chain
and could cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars.