One count remains under deliberation: Whether the venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins, retaliated against her after she complained about how she perceived she was treated. Here is the coverage from The Wall Street Journal.
It is clear, though, that, in general, there is gender discrimination in the tech industry. Two more females have filed lawsuits. One is Tina Huang against Twitter. The other is Chia Hong against Facebook. Here is the coverage on this blog.
Like the early civil rights movement, gender issues in the workplace may be primarily decided by the courts. However, those supporting equality of opportunity and pay for females have to be shrewd about what specific cases they champion, at least in public.
From the get-go, some of us who have covered litigation viewed Pao's case as weak. That was reinforced when the defense presented its case.
Its lead attorney, Lynne Hermle, delivered hard blows to Pao's contentions, character and motivation. Testimony by witnesses actually contradicted some of Pao's claims. One was the frat-boy environment on the private jet trip. In addition, it seemed that she simply lacked the instincts and skills to be a venture capitalist.
Huang and Hong might have stronger cases. Before anyone backs them, though, they should read the entire lawsuits and ask employment lawyers about the strength of the two cases.
Given that the jury is still deliberating on the count regarding retaliation, Colleen Taylor reports in TechCrunch, "This means there has been on official verdict just yet, though it is most likely that the rulings on the first three of the four claims will stand." Here is that article.
On the fourth count - retaliation - the jurors voted 9 to 3 against Pao. This represents a total victory for Kleiner. Here is the coverage from The Wall Street Journal.