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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.

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