Investigator takes stand in Silicon Valley gender bias suit

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Posted: Mar 06, 2015 2:15 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An investigator hired by a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm to look into a complaint of gender discrimination has taken the stand for a second day in a lawsuit filed by a former female employee at the firm.

Steve Hirschfeld said Friday he interviewed at least 10 women as part of his investigation of Ellen Pao's complaint about Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Hirschfeld eventually concluded the evidence did not support Pao's claim.

He previously testified that John Doerr, a senior partner at the firm, told him that Pao had a "female chip" on her shoulder and blamed others for her failed romantic relationships.

Pao says she was passed over for a promotion because she was a woman and then fired in 2012 after she complained.

Kleiner Perkins denies wrongdoing and says Pao didn't get along with her colleagues.