In Win for Ellen Pao, Judge Upholds Claim for Punitive Damages Against Kleiner Perkins

A judge ruled on Saturday that Ellen Pao may still be awarded punitive damages in her high-profile gender bias trial, striking down Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers' motion to take the claim off the table. Pao, a former partner, is suing the venture capital powerhouse for $16 million in lost wages and future compensation as well as an unspecified amount in punitive damages that may reach far beyond that figure. Kleiner Perkins' motion would not have affected the $16 million figure but it would have put an end to extra damages on top of that number that may be determined by the jury.