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Woman: Porn discussion by men made her uncomfortable

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The woman behind a gender bias lawsuit against a major Silicon Valley venture capital firm says she felt uncomfortable about a conversation men were having about pornography aboard a private plane.

Plaintiff Ellen Pao testified Monday in her lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers that she didn't know how to stop the conversation without seeming like a "wet blanket."

The men were not Kleiner employees, but Pao's attorneys have said a senior Kleiner manager who was present did nothing to stop the conversation.

The 45-year-old Pao testified for nearly the entire day about her treatment at Kleiner. She is expected to resume her testimony on Tuesday.

Her attorneys have portrayed the firm as an all-boys club where Pao was not promoted because she was a woman and then fired in 2012 after she complained.

Kleiner Perkins has denied wrongdoing and says Pao didn't get along with her colleagues and performed poorly after she became a junior partner.