Lawyer in bias suit says Silicon Valley venture firm judged men, woman by different standards

Associated Press

An attorney for a woman suing a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm for gender discrimination says the firm judged men and women by different standards.

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Lawyer Alan Exelord began his closing argument on Tuesday in the lawsuit filed by Ellen Pao against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Lynne Hermle, an attorney for the firm, is expected to make her closing argument later in the day.

Pao's attorneys have portrayed her as the victim of a male-dominated culture at Kleiner Perkins, saying she was subjected to retaliation by a male colleague with whom she had an affair.

They say she was fired in 2012 after complaining about gender discrimination.

Kleiner Perkins has countered that Pao was a chronic complainer who twisted facts and circumstances in her lawsuit and had a history of conflicts with colleagues that contributed to the decision to let her go.