Jury says Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate

Mar 28, 2015 10:24 AM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A San Francisco jury decided that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against a female employee in a case that debated gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley.

The lawsuit filed by Ellen Pao against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers claimed she was fired when she complained about discrimination at the firm.

Pao waved quickly to the jury as she left the courtroom after the verdict on Friday. She said "the battle was worth it" if she helped level the playing field for women and minorities in venture capital.

Kleiner Perkins' attorney, Lynne Hermle, said she never doubted that the jury would reach the verdict it did.

The verdict came after a judge ordered the panel to resume deliberations after a discrepancy was found in the initial vote count.

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