Kleiner Perkins: 'Facts will determine outcome of discrimination suit' Palo Alto Issues, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on May 31, 2012 at 2:56 pm
Calling the last several days a difficult time at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, veteran partner John Doerr posted a statement about a fellow employee's gender discrimination lawsuit on the venture capital firm's website Wednesday. Related story:
[Web Link Kleiner Perkins lawsuit spotlights difficulties of proving discrimination]
Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 31, 2012, 11:38 AM
Posted by Yawn, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 31, 2012 at 2:56 pm
Since this is all going to go away without the public's every knowing the details .. what's the point of running this story? Ellen Pao doesn't exactly come off as a heroine, and she certainly does come off as even much of a "victim", at least so far.
All in all .. Ellen Pao .. you got some 'splainin' to do!
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on May 31, 2012 at 5:24 pm
Again, her husband's record isn't relevant in this suit.
This article certainly does little to convince that there's nothing to her allegations. It's a PR puffpiece, & reminds me of Edwards' mea culpa hand-wringing today in that it's going through the motions & expecting us to take them at their word. It'll be interesting to see what evidence she may have - if the public is allowed to learn any details.
Posted by Ivy League, a member of the Palo Alto High School community, on May 31, 2012 at 8:28 pm
What's the point of carefully noting her Ivy League education?
Are we supposed to ooh and ahh? Are we supposed to believe her "more" than the VC firm here? I am unimpressed with that detail and believe it's irrelevant to *any* sex discrimination lawsuit. The case goes on it's own merits. Mostly, I am tired of people bringing up their Ivy League connections at any possible opportunity.
Posted by Mom, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 1, 2012 at 5:48 am
How does her choice to have an affair result in a discrimination lawsuit against the firm? I think the reason this hasn't settled is that the facts are ridiculous and no jury is going to find her sympathetic.
Posted by Aquamarine, a resident of Stanford, on Jun 1, 2012 at 8:47 am
Mom, read the legal filing because this story is an update and not comprehensive so it's misleading. She alleges that her more senior colleague lied and said his wife had left him. She'd been encouraged by senior staff to get involved with him.
A victim doesn't have to be sympathetic to be a victim, but it helps. Who knows what real evidence exists? I want to know what admin staff experienced - there were problems in that segment of employees with harassment according to her suit.
Posted by Sympathetic, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 1, 2012 at 10:50 am
Wow. The vast majority of the comments here appear to be blaming the woman for filing the lawsuit.
Careful reading of the article reveals that three admins were also sexually harassed at this firm.
I worked in High Tech, and I remember well the "full of themselves" VC's who used to visit our company. Having the means to support or deny a small company's success gave the mostly male guys from these companies lots and lots of "attitude".
And, back in the 70s, before there was much awareness of this, I was sexually harassed at nearly every job I held. Young, fairly attractive women had to fend bosses off all the time.
Posted by vkmo, a resident of Mountain View, on Jun 2, 2012 at 11:09 am
If she "gave in", then she was complicit. She should have refused and complained instead of "giving in". If a person has sex with a coworker, then it becomes hard to continue in the organization. She should have skipped and gone to a different organization.