Woman in Silicon Valley suit faces tough jury questions 

click to enlarge Ellen Pao
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  • In this Feb. 24, 2015, file photo, Ellen Pao, right, leaves the Civic Center Courthouse along with her attorney, Therese Lawless, left, during a lunch break in her trial in San Francisco. Plaintiff Pao testified Monday, March 9, 2015, that female employees were treated disrespectfully at the firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and some were not even invited, when the company held a series of events. Pao also told the jury at the civil trial that she complained to management about the atmosphere at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers after learning a female colleague had complained about alleged sexual harassment. The investigator hired by the firm to investigate Pao's complaint concluded there was no gender discrimination at the firm.
The woman suing a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm for alleged gender discrimination says she would not enter into an affair with a male colleague as she did, but she didn't think it was inappropriate at the time.

Ellen Pao faced tough questions from jurors on Friday in her lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers about topics including her decision to use an epithet in an email to a senior partner, whether her colleagues saw her as someone who needed to get the last word and whether she thought it was inappropriate to enter in the affair.

Pao has said the male colleague pursued her relentlessly, and she entered into the affair after he told her his wife had left him. She said she broke it off after she learned he had lied, but he then retaliated against her, and the firm did nothing to stop it.

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