SAN FRANCISCO—At venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, ”Men were judged by one standard, and women by another,” Alan Exelrod, the lawyer for reddit CEO and former Kleiner Perkins junior partner Ellen Pao, told a jury of six men and six women on Tuesday during closing statements.
After five weeks of testimony, Exelrod was addressing these jurors for the final time before they entered deliberation over whether Kleiner Perkins discriminated against Ellen Pao and denied her board seats and promotions because of her gender.
Pao is asking for $16 million in damages, and last week, presiding Judge Harold Kahn ruled that the jury can allow Pao to seek punitive damages on top of that sum if the jury finds that Kleiner acted maliciously against her.
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