Kleiner Perkins Gender Bias Trial Jury Reaches Verdict

The jury in the closely watched gender-discrimination trial of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has reached a verdict, in a case that riveted Silicon Valley and shed light on the treatment of women in the male-dominated world of venture capital.

Jurors are set to return to the courtroom at 2 p.m. in San Francisco to deliver their decision after a four-week trial.

The Pao trial has opened a rare window on the world of venture capital firms that line Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, California. Her case attracted attention not only for its sensational claims, but also because of Kleiner’s stature. And the trial took place as the technology industry wrestled with a gender imbalance that has drawn harsh criticism.

Pao claims she was unfairly denied promotions. She said partners retaliated after she complained about the inappropriate behavior of a male colleague she said pressured her into having an affair. Kleiner said Pao was fired because she bickered with partners, had no entrepreneurial experience and lacked deep expertise in technologies that would be ripe for investment.

The case is Pao v. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC, CGC-12-520719, California Superior Court (San Francisco).

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