In an interview today at the Code Conference in California, Ellen Pao disclosed what many of us suspected: She had a hard time getting a job after it was known she was suing Kleiner. She was fortunate to get the position of interim head at Reddit.
Also, others in tech, she said, ducked her. Those who couldn't were afraid to be seen with her. Here J.P. Mangalindan at Mashable reports on that interview.
As yet, Pao hasn't decided whether to appeal the verdict. She has until June 8th to do that.
But, common business sense would indicate that she should put the litigation behind her and try to create a professional platform on which to build her future career. That might not even be possible.
So many of those who have sued their employers never regained the former momentum in their careers. Other employers are skittish about hiring them. If they pulled that litigation thing once, they could always pull it again, goes the thinking. What superior, colleague or subordinate could feel "safe" working with them?
The exception to that has been Aaron Charney. After he sued his employer Sullivan & Cromwell for discrimination against his sexual orientation, he landed on his feet. He received a settlement. And then went on to another job in BigLaw at Clifford Chance.
So, what we will be watching is if Pao has any career future.