Woman behind sex discrimination lawsuit against Silicon Valley firm takes stand

Small Business Associated Press

A woman behind a sexual discrimination lawsuit against one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious venture capital firms has started testifying in the case.

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Plaintiff Ellen Pao was questioned Monday by her attorney about why she wrote a memo alleging women were having difficulties at Kleiner Perkins Caufied & Byers in January 2012.

Pao previously said she was passed over for a promotion because she is a woman and then fired later in 2012 after she complained.

Kleiner Perkins has denied wrongdoing and says Pao didn't get along with her colleagues and performed poorly as a junior partner, a position she moved into in 2010.

The case has put a spotlight on gender balance in the venture capital and technology sectors, where women are grossly underrepresented.