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19 Feb 2015

Andrew Buncombe, Independent (UK)

Ellen Pao discrimination case: Silicon Valley's sexist culture goes on trial

…Ms Pao, a former partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, a powerful venture finance firm, is suing her ex-employers for $16m, accusing them of gender discrimination in a lawsuit filed three years ago…[She] claims she suffered six years of discrimination and oppressive treatment after she complained about a colleague who allegedly pressured her into a brief affair and which she soon broke off…USA Today reported that aside from the allegations levelled at one of Silicon Valley’s oldest and largest finance firms…the case has drawn attention to long-standing allegations about the industry’s white and male dominated culture…In response to the allegations, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers has denied that she complained about unlawful harassment until late 2011. At that point, an internal company investigation determined her complaints were without merit, the firm said…