Trial for High-Profile Sex Bias Case in Silicon Valley Begins

A high-profile sex bias case captivating Silicon Valley has sparked debate over the treatment of women in the high technology and venture capitalist arenas.
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A high-profile sex bias case captivating Silicon Valley has sparked debate over the treatment of women in the high technology and venture capitalist arenas. Ellen Pao has accused venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers of firing her after she complained of discrimination. She is seeking $16 million dollars. The firm denies all wrongdoing. The case shines another light on the issue of gender and racial bias in the venture capital sector. Venture capital firms provide much of the startup funding for tech companies and have a reputation as being even more male-dominated than the companies they help launch. The companies acknowledge needing to do more to hire female engineers, but largely attribute the problem to cultural issues that discourage young women from taking classes needed to pursue careers in computer coding and website design.