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23 Mär 2015

Lisa Leff, Associated Press

USA: Judge refuses to dismiss claim for punitive damages in gender discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins

“Judge Rules Ellen Pao Can Sue For Punitive Damages In Gender Discrimination Case,” 21 Mar 2015

A…judge ruled…that a woman suing…[Kleiner Perkins] in a…gender bias case may seek punitive damages that could add tens of millions of dollars to the $16 million in lost wages and bonuses she is pursuing...[The j]udge…denied a request by lawyers for Kleiner Perkins…to have…Pao's demand for unspecified punitive damages thrown out…[The judge]…said there was enough evidence for the jury…to conclude that Kleiner Perkins acted with malice, oppression or fraud, which in California is the legal threshold for awarding [punitive] damages...Kleiner Perkins has denied wrongdoing and says Pao didn't get along with her colleagues and performed poorly after she became a junior partner...Jurors are expected to hear closing arguments in the case on Tuesday. [The judge’s]…decision means…they will need to decide, along with the validity of Pao's underlying sex discrimination claim,…whether she is entitled to punitive damages and if so, how much…