CALIFORNIA – A prominent Silicon Valley’s venture capital firm must go to court for a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn denied Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers’ request for a “closed door” litigation process and the trial will now be public.
The lawsuit was filed by Ellen Pao, 42, a junior partner who joined the firm in 2005, on May 10. Pao alleges senior partners at the firm failed to stop a colleague from harassing her after she ended a sexual relationship with him.
Pao also alleges the firm discriminates against women, making it difficult for them to advance their careers and pay at the same rate as their male colleagues.
The firm denies the allegations, contending it was not her gender, but Pao’s job performance that prevented her from advancing.
Pao is currently still working at the firm.
Women like Pao face sexual harassment at work on a daily basis. However, despite the majority of victims being female, anyone can be the target of unwanted sexual acts. Victims can be of any age, gender, sexual orientation, or race. Equally, harassers don’t always fit a stereotypical mold.
Regardless of who is victimized or by whom, it is important for victims to know help is available to them. No one should have to suffer in a hostile work environment, so if you or someone you know has been discriminated against or abused, turn to a sexual harassment attorney immediately to take legal action.
Sexual harassment lawyers do whatever they can to ensure the offender is apprehended and brought to justice as well as see to it you obtain compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact a sexual harassment lawyer today to file a case and defend your rights.
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