Pao Won't Go Quietly Even as She Drops Kleiner Bias Fight

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Ellen Pao is ending her gender-bias lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, saying she refused a settlement that would have barred her from disparaging the venture capital firm.
Pao said Thursday she will drop her appeal of a jury verdict rejecting her sex-discrimination claims against the firm after settlement negotiations broke down about two weeks ago. While there was a “meaningful” amount of money on the table for Pao, she wouldn’t consent to a non-disparagement agreement, she said in a phone interview. She declined to be more specific about the financial terms of the offer.

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