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Ellen Pao seeking $16 million in sex discrimination lawsuit - San Jose Mercury News

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A former Silicon Valley venture capitalist is seeking $16 million from prominent firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in a high-profile lawsuit that accuses the firm of blatant and entrenched gender discrimination.

$16 million is less than Kleiner Perkins invested in Snapchat.

Pao and her former employer are scheduled to meet again in court Feb. 17, when the trial kicks off. Jury selection will take place that week, followed by opening arguments.

Pao first complained about the firm's treatment of women in 2007, after she told management about a married male junior partner who she said pressured her into having an affair in 2006 and continued to sexually harass her, according to her lawsuit. The firm did nothing to prevent further harassment and instead perpetuated a culture of gender discrimination by paying her -- and other women at the firm -- less, failing to promote them and excluding them from partner events, according to her lawsuit. Meanwhile, the man Pao said had pressured her into sex was promoted, according to court documents.

Pao "experienced continued retaliation after she complained about sexual harassment to the highest level of management of KPCB," according to the lawsuit.

She says Kleiner Perkins fired her, while the firm says it advised her to leave based on her performance. Kleiner has denied all accusations. The firm said it conducted an independent investigation immediately after Pao raised concerns in 2012 but "concluded (her) discrimination and retaliation complaints were without merit," according to Kleiner's response to the lawsuit.

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