SAN FRANCISCO—In opening arguments held today, attorney Alan Exelrod said his client, reddit CEO Ellen Pao, faced gender discrimination at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB), one of the premier venture capital firms in Silicon Valley.
“Who is penalized for complaints about trying to do her best?” Exelrod asked the assembled panel of seven women and five men. “The woman.”
Pao was a stellar employee, who spearheaded investments in patent management company RPX and sat on the Board of Directors for Flipboard, Exelrod said. Despite that, Kleiner Perkins management failed to stop harassment from male employees, and unjustly promoted men while keeping her in a junior partner position.
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