Ellen Pao’s Trial Stood for Many Earning Far Less

(WOMENSENEWS)– In the case of Ellen Pao vs. her venture capital firm employer, the jury has ruled against her. Still, San Francisco was riveted by the testimony in her gender discrimination and retaliation case against Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. And despite the outcome, Pao exposed male bias in the venture capital sector, where a recent study found that in 2013 women made up only 6 percent of partner positions, a steep decline from 1999. Whether one believes Pao or her employer, by coming forward and telling her story of inappropriate gender-based workplace conduct, Pao spotlights the issue of persistent sex discrimination in the workplace more than 50 years after federal civil rights laws prohibited such conduct.