Firm says Pao de­manded cash

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS BEAT -

A Sil­i­con Val­ley ven­ture cap­i­tal firm says the woman be­hind a high-pro­file gen­der dis­crim­i­na­tion law­suit de­manded $2.7 mil­lion not to ap­peal the jury ver­dict against her.

At­tor­neys for Kleiner Perkins Cau­field & By­ers in­cluded the fig­ure in court doc­u­ments filed in San Fran­cisco Su­pe­rior Court against Ellen Pao. Pao filed a no­tice this week that she was ap­peal­ing the March ver­dict.

A jury found that Kleiner Perkins did not dis­crim­i­nate or re­tal­i­ate against Pao. The case be­came a flash­point in an on­go­ing dis­cus­sion about gen­der in­equity at tech­nol­ogy and ven­ture cap­i­tal firms.

Heather Wil­son, a spokes­woman for Pao, de­clined to com­ment.

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