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Reddit CEO Sues Prestigious VC Firm for Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers (KPCB) is one of the most renowned venture capitalist firms in Silicon Valley. It’s known for helping launch Google, Amazon and AOL, and for providing the backup funds for numerous tech startups. It’s also known for being insular and male-dominated, as are other firms in the industry. That assertion is being tested this week because Ellen Pao, 45, is suing KPCB for being “discriminated against in the male-dominated culture.”

This is one of the most high-profile discrimination lawsuits to ever hit the world of Silicon Valley. Pao, the current CEO of Reddit, is suing for $16 million in wage losses after she was fired from her position in October 2012. KPCB’s attorneys maintain that Pao was fired because she was incapable of doing her job.