A California jury on Friday cleared venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers on all claims brought by former partner Ellen Pao in a high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit.
The decision came more than two hours after jurors failed to cast the votes needed to deliver a verdict on all the lawsuit's claims. The presiding judge ordered jurors to resume deliberation after a discrepancy relating to whether she was fired in retaliation for making discrimination claims.
The lawsuit, filed in 2012, became a catalyst for broader discussions about the discrimination in Silicon Valley, where men outnumber women by a large margin at both start-ups and venture capital firms. Pao claims that she was denied advancement at the firm—an early backer of Google and Amazon—after she ended a brief affair with a then-partner, and then was subsequently fired. Her attorneys painted Kleiner Perkins as a boys club, where one former male partner made passes at female colleagues.