Ellen Pao will continue her fight in court
Ellen Pao has filed a notice to appeal the result of her gender discrimination case against her former employer Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, according to court documents filed today.
Pao lost all counts of her case against the venture capital firm on March 27, 2015 when a jury found that her gender was not the motivating reason for her not being promoted to a general or senior partner, or for her termination at the firm.
In a move typical for defendants who prevail in employment lawsuits, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers filed in April to recover $973,000 in court fees, but said it would waive its legal costs if Pao gave up her right to appeal. The majority of Kleiner's costs included $865,000 in expert witness fees, according to the firm's filing.
Pao's notice to appeal indicates that she's not going to give up that right, although there is no indication on what grounds she is appealing. Pao's attorneys did not respond to request for comment.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers marketing and communications partner, Christina Lee, sent the following statement: "A 12-member jury found decisively in favor of KPCB on all four claims. We remain committed to gender diversity in the workplace and believe that women in technology would be best served by focusing on this issue outside of continued litigation."
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