Last week, Ellen Pao withdrew the appeal in her sex discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins. The Pao v. Kleiner Perkins trial captivated Silicon Valley as it sought to spotlight all-male company ski trips and double standards present within the tech industry, just six months after the tech giants published their dismal diversity statistics. Ms. Pao wrote in a statement that she no longer has the resources to continue the fight. “I think it is wrong that employees have to pay in this situation, but I simply cannot afford the risks of more costs to fight a firm with massive PR and legal resources.” Ms. Pao will pay $270,000 in court costs. She could have avoided the court costs as part of a settlement agreement, but she chose not to enter into a settlement because it contained a non-disparagement provision that would effectively have silenced her. In her statement, Ms. Pao made a plea on behalf of employees, saying “Please don’t try to silence employees who raise discrimination and harassment concerns.”
- A Florida jury awarded five female former employees of a commercial farm $17 million for their claims of sexual assault and harassment. The women alleged that they were raped and sexually molested by supervisors, including two sons of the farm’s owner.
- New York Magazine used a kerfuffle in poetry as an example of bias.
- Con Edison will pay $3.8 million to settle sex harassment and discrimination claims with the EEOC and the New York Attorney General’s Office.
- The EEOC extended the deadline for submission of EEO-1 forms to October 30, 2015.
- BMW and EEOC settled their highly contentious background check lawsuit. BMW will pay $1.6 million and offer employment to 56 claimants.
- TechCrunch offered insights on what steam engines, robots, and analytics have in common. (Hint: The impact they have on the workplace.)
- CIO explained how wearables are so much more than just strapping a smartphone to your wrist.
- Fast Company met the hackers that use wearable brain sensors to understand how the brain works. Imagine this in your workspace, monitoring productivity.
- A former employee of Tesla Motors was charged with felony computer intrusion after he shared confidential company information on the Internet.
- When an employer fires an employee for complaining about discrimination on Facebook, Eric B. Meyer (and a Michigan federal court) believes it equals retaliation.
In other developments
- Robin Shea wrote a great post on when to terminate a poor performer.
- The Justice Department issued a new policy requiring that corporate executives not be shielded from scrutiny for the criminal behavior of their organization.
Posted by Kate Bischoff