Kleiner Perkins Gender Discrimintion Goes to Jury on Punitive Damages

pao“There is sufficient evidence from which a reasonable juror could conclude that Kleiner Perkins engaged in intentional gender discrimination, that Kleiner Perkins acted with malice, fraud or oppression,” wrote Judge Harold Kahn. (source ABA Journal.

I am advising all of my startup clients to pay particular attention to gender discrimination issues that may arise in the workplace, particularly in areas of the company where there is a disproportionate number of male employees.

“”Per this standard, there is sufficient evidence from which a reasonable juror could conclude that Kleiner Perkins engaged in intentional gender discrimination by failing to promote Ms. Pao and terminating her employment,” the judge said in the one-paragraph decision.”