SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A woman alleging gender bias at a prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firm has testified that a partner at the company told her she shouldn't work with a male colleague with whom she had an affair but she decided against the advice.
Plaintiff Ellen Pao has accused the colleague of retaliating against her after she broke off their affair and she has claimed the company showed bias by not doing anything to stop his actions.
Her testimony on Wednesday seemed to undercut that claim.
Kleiner Perkins attorney Lynne Hermle also showed an email to jurors in which Pao thanked the colleague for a lunch after she reported he was retaliating against her and said they had made progress.
Her lawsuit has spotlighted gender imbalance at elite Silicon Valley investment companies