Since 2012, Ellen Pao, the embattled former CEO of Reddit, has pursued a high-profile gender discrimination suit against her one-time employer, venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. When the case went to trial earlier this year, the court ruled in favor of Kleiner Perkins, yet Pao pressed on in hopes of appealing the decision. But no longer: In a Re/code column published Thursday, Pao announced that she was “moving on” and would be dropping the case.
“Seeking justice in the courts has been painful for me personally and professionally, and for my family,” Pao writes. “I am now moving on, paying Kleiner Perkins’ legal costs and dropping my appeal. My experience shows how difficult it is to address discrimination through the court system.”
I have a request for all companies: Please don’t try to silence employees who raise discrimination and harassment concerns. Instead allow balanced and complete perspectives to come out publicly so we can all learn and improve. I and many others are eager to hear more stories being shared by women and minorities. I turned down offers to settle so I can keep telling mine. We need to keep telling our stories and educating people on how it can be that women and minorities form such a small fraction of our investor base, our tech workforce and our leadership.
This past April, Kleiner Perkins insisted Pao pay their legal fees, a demand she has now agreed to.