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Workplace Bias and Gender Pay Equity in Silicon Valley, 2017

It was only a couple of years ago that a jury rejected Ellen Pao's gender discrimination claims and rendered a defense verdict in favor of her former employer, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Now, issues of bias and pay equity are again taking center stage, with almost daily media reports about Silicon Valley's gender problem and a continuing list of companies and notable Silicon Valley figures being taken to task with allegations of inappropriate conduct toward women.

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It was only a couple of years ago, on March 27, 2015, that a jury rejected Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination claims and rendered a defense verdict in favor of her former employer, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The Ellen Pao case, and the media attention it received, helped place concerns about bias and gender pay equity in the spotlight in Silicon Valley. Now, issues of bias and pay equity are again taking center stage, with almost daily media reports about Silicon Valley’s gender problem and a continuing list of companies and notable Silicon Valley figures being taken to task with allegations of inappropriate conduct toward women. These men include, but are not limited to, Binary Capital co-founder Justin Caldbeck and 500 Startups founder Dave McClure. High-profile lawsuits recently have been filed, including against UploadVR with allegations of a sex room in the office, and against Google for violation of the California Equal Pay Act.

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