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Article

27 Mar 2015

Author:
Claire Cain Miller, New York Times (USA)

What Silicon Valley learned from the Kleiner Perkins case

…Ms. Pao, in suing Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, [has shone a light on] subtle sexism. The trial…, despite the firm’s victory, already seems to be having an effect. One lesson learned, after Kleiner Perkins emails were read during testimony: Be careful what you write…[A] venture capitalist said. “Forwarding around sexist emails, which has happened in our industry and every industry, stopped overnight.” Another venture capitalist said she was making sure her firm had a human resources employee and explicit policies…A third said he was rethinking whether he had turned away female entrepreneurs too quickly in the past…Yet there are also concerns that the trial could have the opposite effect. [One employer] said he worried that others might resist hiring a woman because [of the case]…Another investor said he was concerned that the trial might have turned away the next generation of female venture capitalists…

Part of the following timelines

USA: Ex-employee sues Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers over alleged gender discrimination & harassment; company denies claims

USA: Ex-employee loses gender discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins; supporters say case highlighted sexism in tech industry