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Koehn: Gender-Discrimination Suit A 'Thunderbolt' For Businesses Run Like Boys' Clubs. Nancy F. Koehn, March 31, 2015, Audio. "Ellen Pao is a former Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers employee who sued the venture capital firm for mistreatment and gender discrimination. Pao argued that she was held back and eventually fired because of her gender, and her willingness to question supervisors about the situation. Pao sought $16 million from her former employer. Last Friday, a jury sided with Kleiner Perkins when it claimed Pao was fired for poor performance.  Nancy Koehn, a historian at the Harvard Business School, said the case was important despite the court's ruling."  Link