Monday, September 14, 2015

That is SO last week

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.”
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Posted by Kate Bischoff