Ellen Pao won't appeal verdict in gender discrimination trial

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Ellen Pao, the former venture capitalist who lost a high-profile discrimination case against her former employer earlier this year, said on Thursday that she would not pursue an appeal of the court's decision.

Her lawsuit against one of the best-known U.S. venture firms, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, helped spark a wide and ongoing discussion about gender and the U.S. technology industry.

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"I've decided that I want to move forward," Pao told Reuters Thursday. "I've made an impact. People heard my story. This case has been part of a wave of change that I didn't predict."

She and Kleiner have not reached any agreement to settle in the matter, largely because the firm would require a non-disparagement provision as part of any deal. She is still on the hook for some legal fees, she said.

If she had more funds, she said, "it would have made it easier" to move forward with an appeal.

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Ellen Pao leaves the Civic Center Courthouse along with her attorney, Therese Lawless, left, during a lunch break in her trial Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in San Francisco. A jury heard opening arguments Tuesday in a multi-million dollar sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the current interim chief of the news and social media site Reddit against a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Pau is seeking $16 milion in her suit against Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, alleging she was sexually harassed by male officials. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Ellen Pao, former junior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, speaks to the media at state court in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Friday, March 27, 2015. A jury soundly rejected Ellen Pao's claims of gender discrimination by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in a case that riveted Silicon Valley for weeks and exposed how women fare in the male-dominated world of venture capital. Photographer: Josh Edelson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 27: Ellen Pao (R) leaves the San Francisco Superior Court Civic Center Courthouse with her attorney Alan Exelrod on March 27, 2015 in San Francisco, California. A jury found no gender bias against Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao and former employee at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers. Pao was suing Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers for $16 million alleging she was sexually harassed by male officials. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Ellen Pao, right, walks to Civic Center Courthouse in San Francisco, Friday, March 27, 2015. The jury are due back in court on Friday in Pao's lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Pao says the firm discriminated against her because she was a woman and then retaliated by denying her a promotion and firing her when she complained about gender bias. Kleiner Perkins denies the allegations. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Ellen Pao walks to Civic Center Courthouse in San Francisco, Friday, March 27, 2015. The jury are due back in court on Friday in Pao's lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Pao says the firm discriminated against her because she was a woman and then retaliated by denying her a promotion and firing her when she complained about gender bias. Kleiner Perkins denies the allegations. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 27: Ellen Pao (R) leaves the San Francisco Superior Court Civic Center Courthouse with her attorney Therese Lawlwess on March 27, 2015 in San Francisco, California. A jury found no gender bias against Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao and former employee at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers. Pao was suing Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers for $16 million alleging she was sexually harassed by male officials. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 27: Ellen Pao (C) leaves the San Francisco Superior Court Civic Center Courthouse on March 27, 2015 in San Francisco, California. A jury found no gender bias against Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao and former employee at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers. Pao was suing Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers for $16 million alleging she was sexually harassed by male officials. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Ellen Pao, right, waves as she walks to Civic Center Courthouse in San Francisco, Friday, March 27, 2015. The jury are due back in court on Friday in Pao's lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Pao says the firm discriminated against her because she was a woman and then retaliated by denying her a promotion and firing her when she complained about gender bias. Kleiner Perkins denies the allegations. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 27: Ellen Pao (R) leaves the San Francisco Superior Court Civic Center Courthouse with her attorney Therese Lawlwess on March 27, 2015 in San Francisco, California. A jury found no gender bias against Reddit interim CEO Ellen Pao and former employee at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers. Pao was suing Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers for $16 million alleging she was sexually harassed by male officials. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Venture capitalist John Doerr, middle, poses for a portrait with partners John Denniston, left, and Ellen Pao outside of their office in Menlo Park, Calif., April 4, 2006. Doerr is betting on an emerging sector known as clean technology with plans to devote $100 million to green technologies that help provide cleaner energy, transportation, air and water. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Ellen Pao, former junior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, exits state court in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Friday, March 27, 2015. A jury soundly rejected Pao's claims of gender discrimination by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in a case that riveted Silicon Valley for weeks and exposed how women fare in the male-dominated world of venture capital. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Ellen Pao, former junior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, right, exits state court with her lawyers Therese Lawless, center, and Allan Axelrod in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Friday, March 27, 2015. A jury soundly rejected Pao's claims of gender discrimination by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in a case that riveted Silicon Valley for weeks and exposed how women fare in the male-dominated world of venture capital. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Ellen Pao, right, gives a statement to reporters next to her attorney Therese Lawless at Civic Center Courthouse in San Francisco, Friday, March 27, 2015. A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against Pao in a case that shined a light on gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Ellen Pao, former junior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, center, arrives at state court with her lawyers in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Friday, March 27, 2015. A jury soundly rejected Ellen Pao's claims of gender discrimination by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in a case that riveted Silicon Valley for weeks and exposed how women fare in the male-dominated world of venture capital. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Ellen Pao, former junior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, second left, arrives at state court with her lawyers in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Friday, March 27, 2015. A jury soundly rejected Ellen Pao's claims of gender discrimination by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in a case that riveted Silicon Valley for weeks and exposed how women fare in the male-dominated world of venture capital. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Ellen Pao, center, speaks to reporters with attorneys Therese Lawless, left, and Alan Exelrod at Civic Center Courthouse in San Francisco, Friday, March 27, 2015. A jury decided Friday that a prestigious venture capital firm did not discriminate or retaliate against Pao in a case that shined a light on gender imbalance and working conditions for women in Silicon Valley. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Pao said her standing at Kleiner Perkins crumbled after she ended a brief affair with a partner. Her career deteriorated after he and Kleiner Perkins started retaliating against her in a climate that was unfriendly toward women overall, her lawyers said.

She filed her lawsuit in 2012.

In April, a jury sided with Kleiner and against Pao, who by then was working as chief executive officer of Reddit. She was forced to resign from the news and discussion forum in July over disagreements about growth.

If Pao had appealed, California's First District Court of Appeal would have heard the case.

Of 49 decisions involving discrimination and retaliation over the past two years until April, the First District affirmed 26 of the 31 where the employer won in the trial court, or 84 percent, according to Westlaw data. Only five cases were reversed.

San Francisco-based Pao said she was now advising some start-up entrepreneurs, making early-stage investments and spending more time with her family.

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