In San Francisco, the high profile case of Pao v. Kleiner Perkins has been continuing for several weeks. The defense is finishing its witnesses and closing arguments will go ahead shortly.
This case is about a woman at the large venture capital firm (mostly tech investing) who claims that she was the victim of gender discrimination and harassment. She argues that men were hired ahead of her. She claims that she was not invited to meetings and on trips because she is a woman. She claims that she was fired after complaining about the gender discrimination.
Kleiner Perkins, in their defense, said that she was not a competent leader, and that their promotions of other women showed no bias against women.
The case has produced ugly witness testimony about affairs and stereotyping. It also underlines the tech industry’s low employment of women.
More to follow when the jury reaches a verdict.