Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao is suing her former employer, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for sexual discrimination. According to the L.A. Times, Pao was rejected promotions because she is a woman.
After the firm learned that Pao filed a lawsuit against them, she was fired. Pao was a junior partner at the firm.
Pao is seeking $16 million dollars and an undisclosed amount in punitive damages, meaning that she could receive a $100 million payout if the jury finds the firm guilty.
Technology firms have been receiving some heat lately after a recent report indicates that there is a 12% salary gap between men and women working in technology, making for a hostile environment. Research has also found that 41% of women in tech leave the industry.
This is not the first gender-bias lawsuit filed against a big techie firm. Just recently, Chia Hong, a former Facebook employee, hired Pao’s lawyers to file a lawsuit of her own against Facebook for alleged sexual harassment and discrimination.