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Facebook, Twitter hit with gender discrimination suits as Ellen Pao case wraps up

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Ellen Pao leaves the California Superior Court Civic Center Courthouse during a lunch break from her trial on March 10, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao is suing her former employer, Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, for $16 million alleging she was sexually harassed by male officials. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Jury will hear closing arguments in the discrimination lawsuit filed by Ellen Pao against the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Pao, who is seeking $16 million in lost wages and bonuses, alleges that the storied Silicon Valley venture capital firm discriminated against her and dismissed her unjustly. She claims that her dismissal stemmed from an affair she had with a married colleague, who retaliated against her at the firm after she ended it.

The case has huge implications for the Silicon Valley, where gender imbalance in the workforce has been a well-known issue. Just this week, female employees at both Facebook and Twitter filed gender discrimination suits against the two social media giants.

Are we going to see more of these types of suits in the tech world? Will they bring about a cultural change in the Valley?


Sarah Lacy, founder and editor-in-chief of PandoDaily, a tech news site. She’s also author of the book, “Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit from Global Chaos” (Wiley, 2011)

Eileen Carey, founder and CEO of Glassbreakers, a peer mentorship software company in San Francisco

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