When a plaintiff is unable to connect with a jury, the outcome is not surprising.
Ellen Pao lost her gender discrimination case against one of the most verable venture capital firms in Silicon Valley: Kleiner Perkins, Caufield and Byers.
Juries are not comprised of multi-millionaires. Consequently, juries have little sympathy for a plaintiffs seeking millions of dollars in damages particularly when the plaintiff seems to be doing well professionally. The violation(s) must be so egregious that there is little doubt that there was a violation of the law.
Was there legal merit to Ellen’s case? Yes. Yet, she and her team were unable to sway the jury that the law was violated and she was due just compensation and damages..
Many believe that Ellen Pao’s case will make companies–many based in Silicon Valley–think more closely about gender discrimination. I hope they are right. Gender discrimination continues to be a real issue.
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