Kleiner Perkins aims to recover almost $1 million in costs in Pao case

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Posted: Apr 23, 2015 2:34 PM

By Dan Levine and Jim Christie

(Reuters) - Silicon Valley powerhouse venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers aims to recover about $973,000 in costs for defending itself against charges of gender discrimination, according to a court filing on Thursday.

In March, a jury cleared Kleiner Perkins of claims it short-circuited the career of former partner Ellen Pao because she is a woman in a trial closely watched in Silicon Valley, the center of the U.S. technology industry.

Representatives from Kleiner Perkins and Pao could not immediately be reached for comment.

Pao, now interim chief executive at social-news service Reddit, claimed her standing at Kleiner Perkins crumbled after she ended a brief affair with a partner. Her career deteriorated after he and Kleiner Perkins started retaliating against her in a climate that was overall unfriendly toward women, her lawyers argued.

Pao has not indicated whether she will appeal the outcome of the case.

(Reporting by Dan Levine and Jim Christie; editing by Andrew Hay)