More women need to be hired in the tech—and in leadership positions, Adobe project manager Divya Manian said Tuesday as Ellen Pao's gender discrimination trial against Kleiner Perkins headed toward conclusion.
"This case is a signal that acknowledges there is discrimination in this industry," Manian said in an interview with CNBC's "Squawk Alley." "There will be more lawsuits and more people feeling bolder to say this is not OK."
She suggested that companies offer a safe platform where women can report harassment as it happens. This could end the trend of women getting discouraged and leaving the company altogether, she said.
Closing arguments began Tuesday in Pao's $16 million lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins. Pao sued her former employer in 2012 alleging she had been fired from the Silicon Valley venture capital firm
because she had complained about gender discrimination.
Manian said if the technology industry wants to claim forward-thinking, it should also hire more women and more nonwhite men in leadership positions.