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Ellen Pao's gender discrimination suit shakes up Silicon Valley




Ellen Pao, center, leaves the Civic Center Courthouse along with her attorney, Therese Lawless, left, during a lunch break in her trial Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in San Francisco. A jury heard opening arguments Tuesday in a multi-million dollar sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the current interim chief of the news and social media site Reddit against a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Pau is seeking $16 milion in her suit against Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, alleging she was sexually harassed by male officials. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Ellen Pao, center, leaves the Civic Center Courthouse along with her attorney, Therese Lawless, left, during a lunch break in her trial Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in San Francisco. A jury heard opening arguments Tuesday in a multi-million dollar sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the current interim chief of the news and social media site Reddit against a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Pau is seeking $16 milion in her suit against Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, alleging she was sexually harassed by male officials. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Silicon Valley is closely watching a sexual discrimination case that began this week in San Francisco. 

In the multi-million dollar lawsuit, Ellen Pao, a former junior partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, says she was sexually harassed at work and punished for reporting it.

Kleiner says Pao, now the interim CEO of Reddit Inc., wasn't promoted because of her job performance, not her gender.

Bloomberg News legal reporter Karen Gullo has been reporting on the case and joined Take Two for the latest.