Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community, on May 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm
Of course none of us readers know the truth. But it seems to me that the expert quoted in this article answered her own question:
-She questioned why so much time elapsed before Ms. Pao filed a lawsuit. "The one thing I find really odd is that she alleges the sexual harassment happened six years ago and did nothing about it. She's obviously a very bright woman who chose to work in a man's field," Ms. Heverly said.-
Yes, exactly - in 2012, it's still considered a man's field, even with impressive credentials and after being made partner.
I also wonder why they included this & included the less than complimentary info bout the plaintiff's husband. Am I too protective of this plaintiff, or is this article coming across as perhaps slanted?
Posted by The truth, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on May 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm
I don't know anything about Ms.Pao, so I don't know if her allegations are true or not. But I do know some detail about her husband. He appears to be in a very severe financial and legal situation and is raidly going down a path that normally leads to jail and bankruptcy. I would bet that the timing of his wife's lawsuit is no accident. Perhaps she's trying to get a quick settlement to get some cash in the door.
Posted by feminista, a resident of the Menlo Park: Belle Haven neighborhood, on May 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm
Any woman who works in a male-dominated field will tell you why she didn't file a suit six years ago (and note she did complain to supervisors, who took no action): she knew that her career would be over if she made an issue of it.
Too bad, almost 50 years after the Feminine Mystique and the feminist revolution that women are still having to deal with these kinds of challenges.
Posted by Chris, a resident of the Portola Valley: Portola Valley Ranch neighborhood, on May 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm
One reason sexism is still rampant in Silicon Valley is that women are afraid to speak up. They are right to believe they will lose their job. Proving sexual advances and pressure is very difficult and the guys quickly band together to accuse the woman.
A talented woman like Ms. Pao should be able to find a new position quite easily, but the men warn other employers about her lack of cooperation. (I was a recruiter before I retired and I often posed as a future employer to find out what was being said about a potential hire. All too often male executives would find some covert way of implying the woman was trouble.)
Posted by Margo, a resident of the Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks neighborhood, on May 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm
I find this article biased, as have other writers and was surprised (shocked, dismayed?) that it was written by a woman! It's important that women write fairly, and not lean toward the feminist perspective. This writer leaned the other way. To include the husband's information is totally inappropriate and to say Ms Pao did nothing suggests the writer didn't read her own material. I expect better of The Almanac than this.
Posted by Fair article, a resident of the Atherton: other neighborhood, on Jun 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm
For whatever it is worth (and perhaps nothing), the more interesting nexus with Ms. Pao's husband is not that his hedge fund may have financial difficulties, but he is a well-known figure in NYC where he lives. He is suing a very prominent apartment building there for discriminating against him because he's black. (The Dakota Building, with past and present residents such as John Lennon, Judy Garland and Lauren Bacall). I believe he may have started his current hedge fund company with monies obtained in a much earlier settlement with a former Wall Street employer (again, racial discrimination).