FROM Elizabeth Weise
A High-Powered Silicon Valley Discrimination Trial It’s a tale of two Silicon Valleys. Reddit CEO Ellen Pao’s gender discrimination suit against her former employer, the powerful venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, wraps up its second week in court today. Throughout the proceedings, two distinct visions of the company and the larger tech industry have emerged. Pao claims she was sexually harassed and that discrimination against female employees was routine inside Kleiner Perkins. Kleiner Perkins says Pao simply couldn’t keep up in a hyper-competitive industry. We get up to speed on the trial that’s riveting the tech world.
Silicon Valley Closely Watches Gender Discrimination Lawsuit A high-profile court case alleging gender discrimination in the tech industry is heading towards trial this week. Reddit Interim CEO Ellen Pao is suing a powerful venture capital firm where she used to be a partner, claiming she was sexually harassed. Pao’s lawsuit also claims that the company routinely denied its female employees raises and promotions. The case packs a one-two punch of juicy gossip and broader allegations about a sexist culture among the tech world’s elite, which has made it one of the most closely watched legal battles Silicon Valley has seen. We get up to speed on the lawsuit and whether it could mean anything for diversity in the tech world.
No Sunnyside for Eggs Thirteen hundred cases of salmonella from eating eggs have been reported in 10 states. Some 500 million eggs have been recalled by two big farms in Iowa. All this despite new egg safety rules the FDA implemented last month, claiming they'd prevent tens of thousands of salmonella cases. Elizabeth Weise writes on science and food safety for USA Today .
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.