Employment Partner Quoted on Kleiner Perkins Discrimination Suit

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This article, about the departure of Ellen Pao from Kleiner Perkins in the midst of her gender discrimination and retaliation suit against the firm, quotes employment law partner Lynne Hermle, counsel for Kleiner Perkins.

"Ellen and her lawyer are painting a false picture of what happened," said Lynne Hermle. "No one ever told Ellen to clean up her office, or any words in that regard."

Ms. Hermle said that last July the firm set performance goals for Ms. Pao that she did not meet. "I have never seen the kind of offer the firm made here," Ms. Hermle said. "The firm has given her an extraordinary opportunity to keep suing them, while helping her transition to a new job."