Ellen Pao, a former employee at a venture capital firm aligned with Facebook,
gender discrimination lawsuit against the firm and the social media company. She alleged that
claimed she was punished and eventually fired in 2012 from her job as
junior partner at her former firm, one of Silicon Valley’s most
famous venture capital firms, for questioning the firm’s treatment of women.
And although the court did not find sufficient evidence of discrimination
or retaliation, her courageous steps in coming forward will likely encourage
other women facing gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace
to be heard. A representative noted:
“Despite the jury’s decision today, Ellen Pao’s case
is a win for any woman facing gender discrimination and harassment in
the workplace, in Silicon Valley and beyond. The curtain has been pulled
back, providing a rare glimpse into the lack of equal employment opportunities
for women in Silicon Valley.
Very few gender discrimination cases actually make it to trial, and other
women who have experienced discrimination will hopefully be influenced
to come forward, thanks to Ms. Pao’s courageous step.”
Often, those who face workplace discrimination – whether race, gender,
age, or any other form of discrimination – are fearful of coming
forward, and worry about retribution or retaliation. However, the federal
government has also made it illegal to retaliate against someone for complaining
about discriminatory conduct.
Many see this case as a watershed moment that will shine a light on discriminatory
conduct. Ms. Pao stated that the “battle was worth it” if
she helped women and minorities.
For more information or if you believe that you may have suffered any type
of employment discrimination, please contact the experienced
Georgia employment discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate consultation.