Experts say testimony by woman alleging gender bias against venture firm won't tilt jury

Small BusinessAssociated Press

The trial of a $16 million gender bias lawsuit against one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious venture capital firms had the potential for a dramatic showdown last week when plaintiff Ellen Pao took the witness stand.

But experts say her testimony produced no big moments that could tilt the jury for or against her in the case that some say spotlights the gross underrepresentation of women at elite Silicon Valley investment companies.

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Pao was facing defense attorney Lynne Hermle, who is known for her hammering cross-examinations.

During questioning, Pao remained calm and composed while providing sometimes salacious testimony in the case alleging she was passed over for a promotion by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers because she is a woman and later fired after complaining.

Testimony in the lawsuit resumes Monday as the trial enters its fourth week.