FORTUNE -- Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is disputing accusations that it fired Ellen Pao last year as retaliation for her gender discrimination lawsuit against the firm. Instead, Kleiner Perkins says in new court documents that Pao was terminated for "long standing performance issues."
Pao originally filed suit in May 2012, alleging that Kleiner Perkins had discriminated against female employees, particularly on issues of compensation and promotions, due to their gender. She also alleged that the firm's response to sexual harassment by a fellow partner was insufficient. Pao continued to work for the firm until that October, when she was let go. One year later, she amended her initial complaint to include a retaliation charge related to her termination.
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In its original reply, Kleiner Perkins had detailed performance deficiencies that it says were the root cause of Pao's inability to be promoted at the same rate as some of her male colleagues. It reiterated those points in its revised response, but does not provide any additional information that would explain why Pao was fired in October 2012 rather than in, say, October 2011.
A trial had been scheduled to begin this coming May, but both sides requested additional time. A case management conference is currently set for January 29.
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Recent developments in several cases involving private equity and venture capital firms.
FORTUNE -- A large number of private equity and venture capital firms are currently involved in litigation, some as defendants and some as plaintiffs. Four of these cases have had recent developments, so here is a quick rundown:
Dahl: This is the massive private equity bid-rigging case, which has accused 10 private equity firms of conspiring on nearly two dozen buyouts MOREDan Primack - Jun 25, 2013 12:47 PM ET
Ex-Kleiner Perkins partner heads to social news site.
FORTUNE -- Ellen Pao has a new job, nearly one year after suing her former partners at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for gender discrimination and retaliation. And it's not at another VC shop. Instead, she's joining social news board Reddit as head of strategic partnerships.
Pao confirmed the move, which was first announced on the Reddit blog by company CEO MOREDan Primack - Apr 11, 2013 2:56 PM ET
Beyond the headlines, he has a track record of charitable giving and promoting civil rights causes.
FORTUNE -- Before he was known in the tabloids and society circles as the guy suing the Dakota apartment building, before he was known in Silicon Valley and the tech community as the husband of Ellen Pao (the woman suing venture firm Kleiner Perkins for sexual discrimination), Alphonse "Buddy" Fletcher was perhaps best known -- MOREKatie Benner - Oct 25, 2012 8:11 AM ET
From Harvard to Silicon Valley to Wall Street, they scaled the heights of American business and society. Their marriage was the joining of two superstars. Then they went to war with their elite worlds. Who pays the price in this story?
By Adam Lashinsky and Katie Benner
FORTUNE -- Jan. 20, 2009, was a day of proud and joyous reflection for Alphonse "Buddy" Fletcher Jr. The New York hedge fund manager MOREOct 25, 2012 5:00 AM ET
The Silicon Valley saga gets even stranger.
FORTUNE -- Ellen Pao, the venture capitalist who has sued Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for gender discrimination and retaliation, took to Quora last night to announce that she had been fired.
Here was her message, as first discovered by All Things D:
"I have been terminated from my job at KPCB. On Monday afternoon, senior management told me to clean out my office, leave, and MOREDan Primack - Oct 3, 2012 1:47 PM ET
Not all VC gender discrimination suits are created equal.
FORTUNE -- Pantheon Ventures was sued earlier this month by a former employee named Carol Foster, who claimed that she was terminated due to her age and gender.
Some reporters rushed to compare this case to that of Ellen Pao vs. Kleiner Perkins, since that's what you get after typing "venture capital" and "gender discrimination" into Google. But these are two very, very MOREDan Primack - Sep 27, 2012 3:30 PM ET
Landmark VC gender discrimination trial kicks off today.
FORTUNE -- So much for those who believed the Ellen Pao vs. Kleiner Perkins case wouldn't reach a courtroom. It's happening, this morning at 9:30am PT in San Francisco Superior Court.
No, this won't be where all the case specifics get hashed out, skeletons ripped out of closets, etc. Instead, a judge will rule whether or not the firm can compel arbitration (i.e., make this MOREDan Primack - Jul 10, 2012 11:30 AM ET
Okay. Let's talk about Buddy Fletcher.
FORTUNE -- "Do you know who her husband is?"
I've been asked that question a lot over the past seven weeks, while covering Ellen Pao's gender discrimination lawsuit against venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. It almost always came from those sympathetic to Kleiner Perkins, as a sleazy insinuation that Pao's marriage certificate invalidated her accusations.
My answer was usually the following: Yes, Pao's husband MOREDan Primack - Jul 5, 2012 2:38 PM ET
Venture capital firm responds to discrimination and retaliation claims.
FORTUNE -- Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers today issued its response to gender discrimination charges filed against the firm last month by one of its female partners, Ellen Pao. In short the venerable venture capital firm is denying all allegations, calling them "flawed and false."
It is important to note that Kleiner's reply is not a line-by-line refutation of Pao's charges. Instead, it is MOREDan Primack - Jun 13, 2012 7:39 PM ET
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