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Silicon Valley discrimination spat heats up

Posted: October 3, 2012 12:00 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 2012 12:00 p.m.
 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The gender bias dispute between Silicon Valley's most-storied venture capital firm and a junior partner has taken another dramatic turn.

The partner, Ellen Pao, alleged in an online post on Tuesday that she was terminated and told to clean out her office.

But Kleiner Perkins Caulfied & Byers denied Pao's claims on Wednesday. It said Pao was still an employee although she had been asked to "transition" out of the firm over an extended period. Kleiner says Pao's employee terms were generous and fair.

Pao sued the firm in May, alleging she was the victim of gender bias and retaliation. The lawsuit has riveted Silicon Valley with lurid allegations of infidelity and social snubs. It is on hold pending Kleiner's appeal of a judge's refusal to have an arbitrator decide the case.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

 

 

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