Silicon Valley attorneys: Already seeing a ‘Pao effect’


It’s been nearly two weeks since Ellen Pao lost her lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Bryers, and chatter of how the verdict will affect women in the tech industry hasn’t died down. What will happen to Chia Hong and Tina Huang who filed separate lawsuits against their former employers, Facebook and Twitter? Will Pao’s case discourage other women from coming forward?

Fortune interviewed a few plaintiffs’ attorneys specializing in employment law in Silicon Valley, and the consensus was that they already are seeing a « Pao effect. » More women, they say, are coming forward with complaints of discrimination since Pao’s case was first filed, and even with the verdict, the numbers haven’t dropped. In fact, they claim that their clients seem more determined to speak up.

Kay Lucas, of the San Francisco-based The Lucas Firm, says her law office is receiving twice as many calls from tech workers as they…

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