SAN FRANCISCO — After last month's trial win, venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is asking for almost $1 million in defense costs from plaintiff Ellen Pao.
The Silicon Valley firm said it will waive its $972,815 request if Pao agrees not to appeal the verdict. The sum includes $864,680 for payments to expert witnesses including Harvard Business School professor Paul Gompers, who charges $900 an hour. Kleiner Perkins scored a total victory following a monthlong sex discrimination trial that riveted Silicon Valley and prompted widespread discussion of gender disparity in the venture capital and tech industries.
Pao, a former junior partner at the firm, claimed she was refused promotions and ultimately fired because she's a woman, and as retaliation for complaining about the firm's sexually charged, boy's club culture. A jury of six men and six women in San Francisco Superior Court returned a defense verdict March 27.
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