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Ellen Pao Appealing Order to Pay Kleiner Perkins Trial Costs

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Former Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers junior partner Ellen Pao said in a court filing she’ll appeal an order to pay $276,000 of the venture capital firm’s trial expenses after losing her sex-discrimination case against it.

Kleiner was awarded less than a third of the $972,814 it sought to cover its trial costs. Pao argued she should pay nothing because it would send the wrong message to employees trying to fight bias at the workplace.

The firm stands by its earlier offer to forgo the costs award if Pao agrees not to appeal the trial verdict, Kleiner spokeswoman Christina Lee said Tuesday in an e-mail.

Pao is appealing a ruling by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold E. Kahn concluding that she can afford to pay the $276,000 because she got carried interest from Kleiner funds and was serving as interim chief executive officer of Reddit Inc. Pao resigned that post last month under pressure from Reddit’s board after she faced a backlash from users of its news-aggregation website for banning some message groups and firing a popular executive.

Read the whole story at Bloomberg Business

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