06/01/2015 07:34 EDT | Updated 06/01/2016 05:59 EDT

Woman behind Silicon Valley gender discrimination lawsuit is appealing verdict against her

SAN FRANCISCO - A woman at the centre of a high-profile gender bias lawsuit against an elite Silicon Valley venture capital firm is appealing a jury verdict against her.

Alan Exelrod, an attorney for plaintiff Ellen Pao, filed a 2-page notice of appeal on Monday in San Francisco Superior Court.

A jury in March found that defendant Kleiner Perkins did not discriminate or retaliate against Pao.

Pao's attorneys claimed she was subjected to a number of indignities, including being given a book of erotic poetry by a partner at the company and being cut out of emails and meetings by a male colleague with whom she broke off an affair.

The case became a flashpoint in an ongoing discussion about gender inequity at elite technology and venture capital firms.