Ellen Pao is giving up on her gender discrimination lawsuit

September 10, 2015, 7:09 PM UTC
Ellen Pao, Therese Lawless
Ellen Pao, center, leaves the Civic Center Courthouse along with her attorney, Therese Lawless, left, during a lunch break in her trial Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in San Francisco. A jury heard opening arguments Tuesday in a multi-million dollar sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the current interim chief of the news and social media site Reddit against a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Pau is seeking $16 milion in her suit against Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, alleging she was sexually harassed by male officials. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Photograph by Eric Risberg — AP

Ellen Pao’s battle against her former employer is over.

The former venture capitalist who unsuccessfully sued famed VC firm Kleiner Perkins over gender discrimination claims has decided not to appeal the ruling, Re/Code reported Thursday. Pao lost against Kleiner on all counts in March following a five-week trial in San Francisco.

“This battle has been painful for me personally and professionally, and also for my family. It is time to move on,” Pao said in a statement.

In a case that made national headlines and captivated the infamously homogeneous Silicon Valley, Pao claimed that she was passed over for promotions because of her gender and was retaliated against for complaining about the problem. After Pao lost the case, the two sides underwent several months of back and forth over legal costs and a potential appeal. Though Kleiner initially asked for nearly $1 million in legal and court fees, the case’s judge ruled that it was only entitled to roughly $276,000. Kleiner also stated that it would forgo the fees if Pao agreed not to appeal.

“We are glad to put this trial behind us. There is no question diversity in the workplace is an important issue. KPCB remains committed to supporting women and minorities in venture capital and technology both inside our firm and within our industry,” a Kleiner Perkins spokesperson said via email to Fortune.

Interestingly, Pao said she will pay Kleiner’s fees, but added that she and the firm haven’t reached a settlement because it would require her to sign a non-disparagement agreement. “I refuse to be silent on these important issues,” she said. Nevertheless, it’s still unclear whether the company will let her off the hook.

Pao recently left her position as interim CEO at social media platform Reddit after a two-year tenure amid controversy over the site’s moderation policies.

For more on the case and trial, watch this Fortune video:

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