Ellen Pao was publicly eviscerated, her private life splayed all over the media, during the trial for her gender discrimination suit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. But it is incredibly risky to speak publicly on the topic — and even harder to pursue legal action.Then, after a long conversation with a former coworker, Emily finally realized she had to get out.
“This shit is rough," she says, "but it’s not forever.
And in the end, I’m proud of myself and I’m proud of the outcome.”Emily’s story is heartbreaking, but at the core, there’s hope.
He antagonized me and questioned every decision I made.
He wouldn’t approve my projects and would go months at a time without speaking to me, even though we worked three feet from each other.”Emily took only a week off following each surgery — although her doctor recommended she take six weeks — because HR and her manager wouldn’t approve more leave.
“He immediately started acting completely different,” she says.