Silicon Valley is used to be in focus for various innovations that take place all around it, but the past few weeks have been slightly different. This week innovations took the backseat as politics and lawsuits took the front row. With the Ellen Pao lawsuit generating quite some buzz, the new law in the state of Indiana saw quite a few top officials rebuking it. According to the new law of the state of Indiana, businesses can refuse their services to individuals who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
With innumerable reports surging from the Silicon Valley related to racial and sexual discrimination, the new law comes as a slap in the face of humanity. Various renowned individuals and top officials rebuked the law passed by Indiana’s State house on Thursday, March 26, 2015.
Apple Inc.’s CEO Tim Cook responded in his tweet stating that Apple Inc. and its products are open for all its customers irrespective of their caste, creed or orientation. Tim Cook is not the only one who has spoken openly against the law. Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff also stood against the law by cancelling all programs that require its customers or employees to visit the state of Indiana. Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman has written an open letter urging the remaining states not to follow the footsteps of Indiana. Discrimination should not exist in any form whatsoever.
On the other hand, Social Media has already started playing its part, as various individuals all over the world, have shown their disgust regarding the new law. The #boycottindiana has picked up pace as various celebrities have also spoken out in this regard. Some of the celebrities who have already spoken against the law include Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller, Actor Ashton Kutcher, Singer Miley Cyrus, etc..
Ellen Pao had lodged a lawsuit owing to innumerable reports of sexual and racial discrimination reports that were lodged by innumerable women working in the Silicon Valley. She, herself claimed to be one such victim of discrimination from a venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB).
After a gripping four week trial session, the jury found that the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers (KPCB) were not guilty of any discrimination of any sorts against Ellen Pao, presently the interim CEO of Reddit. Initially Pao’s lawyer had stated that at Kleiner, the male employees discriminated with respect to culture against a talented woman. On the other hand, the lawyer for Kleiner Perkins said that the loss of the lawsuit was inevitable as the claims made on Pao’s part were baseless.
The jury consisting of six men and six women also thought the same as they decided that Ellen Pao was fired because she was not good at what was expected of her at work. In fact, according to the Jury, Ellen Pao was divisive and was not at all a team player. Ellen Pao had claimed a whopping $16 million as a monetary penalty to be given owning to income damages.