Pao's Kleiner Gender Bias Case Doomed By Law, Personality

By Beth Winegarner (March 31, 2015, 8:30 PM EDT) -- Interim Reddit CEO Ellen Pao faced an uphill battle from Day 1 in her gender discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers LLC, both because sex discrimination is difficult to prove and because she's a tough, high-powered professional who doesn't come across as a victim, employment lawyers say.

Pao accused the legendary venture capital firm of discriminating against female employees by passing them over for promotion in favor of less-qualified men and by allowing the men to exclude women from important networking events. She also said that Kleiner Perkins executives did nothing when she complained about the disparities and double...

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