Venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers filed a response to Ellen Pao’s allegations of sexual discrimination by the company in California state court on Wednesday, “vigorously” denying those allegations and requesting Pao’s lawsuit be dismissed. The firm argued that Pao’s failure to advance within the company’s ranks was a result of her own performance, not sexual discrimination on the part of the company as Pao alleged.
A copy of Kleiner Perkins’ response can be found online here.
Pao filed a suit against the company in May, arguing that she faced sexual harassment from another partner who has since left the company, and that Kleiner Perkins systematically discriminated against female employees by excluding them from company business and denying them promotions based on their gender.
Pao joined Kleiner Perkins, one of the most well-known technology venture capital firms, in 2005. She has said she began facing sexual discrimination from former firm partner Ajit Nazre in…
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