SAN FRANCISCO—On Wednesday morning, Kleiner Perkins’ lead lawyer, the direct and animated Lynne Hermle, told the jury that the closing arguments they heard the day before from Ellen Pao’s lawyer, Alan Exelrod, were a pack of lies.
“Ellen Pao’s failure to succeed at KP had nothing to do with gender or retaliation,” Hermle said.
Hermle is in the position of defending Kleiner Perkins from accusations made by Pao, a former junior partner who claims that the firm was a boys’ club that discriminated against women and failed to promote her over less-qualified men. Pao has also claimed that the firm did not take reasonable steps to stop harassment in the workplace and that when she complained, senior members of the firm retaliated against her and eventually fired her.
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