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Pao v Kleiner Perkins

Pao v Kleiner Perkins

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LYNNEC.HERMLE(STATEBARNO.99779)JESSICAR.PERRY(STATEBARNO.209321)SITTHIKITCHARIYASATIT(STATEBARNO.252028)ORRICK,HERRINGTON
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SUTCLIFFELLP1000MarshRoadMenloPark,California94025Telephone:650-614-7400Facsimile:650-614-7401lchennle@orrick.comjperry@orrick.comschariyasatit@orrick.com
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12ELLENPAO,1314AttorneysforDefendantKLEINERPERKINSCAUFIELD
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OHSUSA:750787953.3ANSWEROFDEFENDANTKLEINERPERKINSCAUFIELD
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CaseNo.CGC-12-520719.ANSWEROFDEFENDANTKLEINERPERKINSCAUFIELD&BYERSTOPLAINTIFF'SCOMPLAINTComplaintFiled:May10,2012
 
1DefendantKleinerPerkinsCaufield
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ByersLLC("KPCB")herebyanswersthe2unverifiedcomplaint("Complaint")filedbyplaintiffEllenPaoasfollows:3GENERALDENIALANDFACTSSUPPORTINGAFFIRMATIVEDEFENSES4PursuanttoCaliforniaCodeofCivilProcedure§431.30(d),KPCBgenerallydenieseach5andeverymaterialallegationoftheComplaintandfurtherdeniesthatPlaintiffhasbeendamaged6inthemanneralleged,orinanymanneroramount.KPCBvigorouslydeniesthatitdiscriminated7againstPlaintiff,retaliatedagainstPlaintiffaftershecomplainedaboutharassmentor8discrimination,orthatitviolateditsobligationtotakereasonablestepstopreventdiscrimination9fromoccurring.10KPCBdeniesthatPlaintiffevercomplainedtoKPCBthatanyco-workerorsupervisor11SUbjectedhertounlawfulharassmentin2007oratanytimeduringthefiveyearperiodpriorto12late201l/early2012.WhenPlaintiffdidraiseconcernsinlate2011/early2012,Plaintiffwas13alreadyrepresentedbylegalcounselandintheprocessofassertingclaimsagainstKPCB.KPCB14promptlyengagedanindependentoutsideinvestigatorwhointerviewed17KPCBpartners,15includingeverythencurrentfemaleKPCBpartner,interviewedPlaintiffwithhercounselpresent,16providedPlaintiffmultipleopportunitiestoprovideinformationanddocuments,and,aftera17thoroughreview,concludedthatPlaintiffsdiscriminationandretaliationcomplaintswere18withoutmerit.19KPCBfurtherdeniesthatRaymondLanepressuredPlaintifftodropanyharassment20complaintorencouragedherto.engageina..personalrelationshipwithormarryanalleged21harasser.Instead,attheendofPlaintiffsconsensualrelationshipwithamarriedpeer,she22communicatedtoLanetheendoftherelationshipandherdecisiontoputitbehindherandmove23forwardatKPCB.BasedonPlaintiffsrequest,LaneandotherseniorpartnerssupportedPlaintiff24andshethankedLaneforhishelpandunderstanding.Plaintiffsassertionsthatshecontinuedto25bringtherelationshipandallegedretaliationtotheattentionofseniorpartnersatKPCBisnot26true;thelastanyofthemheardoftheincidentuntillate2011/early2012washerexpressionof27gratitudeanddesiretomoveon.28KPCBadditionallydeniesthatRandyKomisarengagedinanyharassmentofPlaintiff.
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1AsisconsistentwiththeotherflawedandfalseallegationsinherComplaint,Plaintiffhastwisted2factsandeventsinanattempttocreatelegalclaimswherenoneexist.Komisar,apracticing3Buddhist,gavePlaintiffabookofpoetrywrittenbyLeonardCohenduringCohen'sfive-yearstay4ataZenmonastery.ThatbookwasreviewedbytheNewYorkTimesas"profound"andhaving5"exceptionalrange",andwassettomusicbyfamedcomposerPhilipGlass,including6performancesatStanfordUniversityandtheLincolnCenter.Thegiftofthebookoccurredafter7PlaintiffgaveKomisarabookandaBuddhastatueasholidaygiftsfollowingdiscussionsthetwo8hadaboutBuddhism.KomisarhadnotgivenPlaintiffaholidaygift.TheCohenbookWasinfact9purchasedforPlaintiffbyKomisar'swife.AlthoughPlaintiffandhercounselmetforseveral10hourswiththeindependentinvestigatorretainedtoinvestigateherclaimsin2012,shenever11mentionedthebookoranyharassmentwhatsoeverbyKomisar,andneverreturnedorobjectedto12thegiftinthemanyyearsafterreceivingit.13KPCBfurtherdeniesthatitengagedinanyretaliationwhatsoeverthroughPlaintiffs14performancereviews.Infact,Plaintiffsselfreviewin2009specificallyhighlightedthehelpshe15receivedfromKomisarandotherpartners,whomshedescribedas"supportivementorsand16advisers".PlaintiffspecificallyrequestedKomisarreviewherperformanceaftertheincidentsshe17allegesasharassment.Plaintiffsperformancereviewsin2009,2010and2011containedboth18positiveandnegativefeedback,thoughmanyofthesamecriticismsareraisedthroughouteachof19herreviews.20Plaintiffs2009reviewencouragedPlaintifftospeakupmoreeffectivelyand21influentially,stepoutmoreinaleadingrole,presentmorenewinvestmentideas,andtakemore22risksbyincubatingahighpotentialventureandowningit-hardlyretaliatoryinput.Thereview23alsoencouragedhertofocusonherinterpersonaland"EQ"skillstomoreeffectivelydirectand24motivateteams.25Similarly,Plaintiffs2010reviewadvisedPlaintiffthatshewastoo"territorial",that26othersdidnot"trusthermotivations"andthatshehada"senseofentitlementratherthanearning27herpositionviacontribution,expertise,andmakingherfellow[]partnerssuccessful."Thereview28alsoencouragedPlaintifftonotbe"passive"and"waitfororders"andinsteadtoevolveintoa
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