In evidence and testimony for "Pao v. Kleiner" we find out that when plaintiff Ellen Pao got the boot at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, the severance was more than sweet.
In TechCrunch, Colleen Taylor reports that when Pao was terminated:
" ... she'd continue to receive a base salary of $33,333.33 per month for the next six months, receive up to $200,000 in additional payments if she did not find another job in the following months, and still be eligible for a bonus."
Professionals struggling to hold onto $75,000 jobs must have gasped when they heard that. But, hey, that's California-style courtroom theatre. In that outsized region of the world, there is no usual.
Had O.J. Simpson been tried for a double murder in Toledo, Ohio, he might have been represented by one solid criminal lawyer. Instead, because his life was embedded with the CA ethos, he had the Dream Team of legal pitbulls.
It was no accident that the phenomenon of Hollywood got launched in CA. It took over-the-top imaginations and instincts for making a buck to pull that off. No way could that have transpired in Rochester, New York.
The "Pao v. Kleiner" show will play for several more weeks. Funny, this level of absurdity doesn't even elicit fierce envy in most of us. It's too out-there for us to become personally involved. As with going to films for decades, all we want is pure entertainment. That's plenty.