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Pao v Kleiner

Pao v Kleiner

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PlaintiffEllenPaoisanaccomplishedventurecapitalprofessionalatDefendant
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ALANB.EXELROD(SBN:50467)DAVIDA.LOWE(SBN:178811)2JOHNT.MULLAN(SBN:221149)RUDY,EXELROD,ZIEFF
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351CaliforniaStreet,Suite700SanFrancisco,CA941044Telephone:(415)434-9800Facsimile:(415)434-0513
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KLEINERPERKINSCAUFIELD
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INTRODUCTION
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KleinerPerkinsCaufield
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treatmentofPlaintiffandotherfemaleemployees,specificallyinadvancementand
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compensation,becauseoftheirgender.Moreover,Plaintiffexperiencedcontinuingretaliation
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aftershecomplainedaboutsexualharassmenttothehighestlevelofmanagementofKPCB.
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KPCBviolateditsobligationtotakeallreasonablestepstopreventdiscriminationandretaliation
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fromoccurring.
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2.PlaintiffisanemployeeofKPCB.ShehasworkedforKPCBinSanFranciscoCounty,CaliforniaandresidesinSanFranciscoCounty.ShemeetswithcompaniesthatKPCBhasfundedorconsidersfundingandwithentrepreneursandexecutivesinSanFranciscoCounty,andsheworksfromherhomeintheeveningsandweekends.3.Plaintiffisinformedandbelieves,andthereonalleges,thatKPCBisacorporationdoingbusinessinSanFranciscoCounty,CaliforniaandatrelevanttimeshashadanofficeinSanFranciscoCountyatwhichPlaintiffhasattimesworked.KPCBfundscompaniesinSanFranciscoCountyandfrequentlyhostseventsforentrepreneursinSanFranciscoCounty.4.Plaintiffisfurtherinformedandbelieves,andthereonalleges,thateachdefendantnamedhereinDoes1through20,inclusive,was,atalltimesrelevanttothisaction,theagent,employee,orjointventureroftheremainingdefendantsandwasactingwithinthecourseandscopeofthatrelationship.ThetruenamesandcapacitiesofthedefendantsnamedhereinDoes1through20,inclusive,whetherindividual,corporate,associate,orotherwise,areunknowntoPlaintiff,whothereforesuessuchdefendantsbyfictitiousnamespursuanttoCaliforniaCodeofCivilProceduresection474.PlaintiffwillamendthisComplainttoshowsuchtruenamesandcapacitiesofDoes1through20,inclusive,whentheyhavebeendetermined.
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5.PlaintiffisagraduateofPrincetonUniversitywithadegreeinElectricalEngineeringandacertificatefromtheWoodrowWilsonSchoolofPublicandInternationalAffairs.Followingherundergraduateeducation,shereceivedaJurisDoctordegreefromHarvardLawSchoolwithhonors.ShethenworkedasalawyeratCravath,Swaine
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Moore.AfterCravath,sheenteredHarvardBusinessSchoolandgraduatedwithaMastersofBusinessAdministrationdegreewithdistinction.Followinghergraduationfrombusinessschool,sheworkedattechnology-relatedfirms,includingMicrosoftCorporation,TellmeNetworks,DangerResearchandBEASystems,Inc.,forsevenyearswithincreasingresponsibility.Sheisalsoamemberofthe2007classofHenryCrownFellowsattheAspenInstitute.
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6.KPCBisaventurecapitalfirm.
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wealthyindividualsanditsownemployees,andinveststhemoneyintechnologycompanies.
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investsamountsrangingfrom$100,000to$50,000,000andsometimesmoreincompaniesto
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helpfundtheirgrowth.ItsinvestmentsincludeGoogleInc.,FacebookInc.andGenentech.
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KPCBalsoprovidesstrategicadviceandanetworkofrelationshipstothecompaniesitsupports,
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andKPCBemployeesusuallyholdseatsontheBoardsofDirectorsofitscompanies.KPCB
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investsincompaniesinthedigitaltechnology,greentech,andlifesciences'sectors.Whenthese
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companiesgeneratereturnsbybeingacquired,bygoingpublicandissuingstockorby
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distributinggains,KPCBgeneratesreturnsforitselfandtheinvestorsfromwhomitraisedfunds.
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KPCBisheadedbyManagingPartners,whomanagethefirm,includingitsinvestmentteamof
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SeniorPartnersandJuniorPartners.
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7.InFebruary2005KPCBwasseekingtohireaChiefofStaffforJohnDoerr,one
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oftheManagingPartners.PlaintiffappliedforthepositionandwashiredinJune2005afteran
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extensiveinterviewprocess.HertitlewasJuniorPartner,andinitialjobresponsibilitieswereto
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manageprojectsandnewinitiativesofMr.Doerr,toidentifypotentialdigitaltechnologyinvestmentsforKPCBtofund,tointerviewexecutives,tohelpraisefinancings,toserveasa
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boardobserver,tohelpwriteMr.Doerr'sspeechesandarticles,andtosupportfirmactivities.
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Shewastoldifshewassuccessfulinthisrole,shewouldmovetoafull-timeinvestingroleafter
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threeyears.
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InFebruary2006PlaintiffandanotherJuniorPartner,AjitNazre,wentonabusinesstriptoGermany.Mr.NazrehadthesamejobtitleasPlaintiff,buthadbeenwiththe
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firmsince2003,twoyearslongerthanPlaintiff,anddirectedsomeofherwork,includingthe
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Germanytrip.Mr.NazremadeinappropriatesexualapproachestoPlaintiffonthattrip.She
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rebuffedhisadvances.Mr.Nazrerespondedtoherrebuffofhisadvancesbybecomingbrusque
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anddistant.Healsohadstronginfluenceoverhowotherpartnersatthefirmwouldview
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Plaintiff,specificallyRayLane,aManagingPartnerandMr.Nazre'ssponsorandmentor.From
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MarchtoOctober2006,Mr.NazrecontinuedtopressurePlaintifftohaveasexualrelationship28withhim.Mr.Nazrefalselytoldherthathiswifehadlefthim.WhenPlaintiffrefusedhis3
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