Alphabet's board has opened an investigation into how executives in the company have handled misconduct claims, CNBC reported earlier today after looking at materials it says show an independent subcommittee has been formed – and a law firm hired – for to look at
One of the themes in these claims is the company's chief justice officer, David Drummond, whose long-standing extramarital relationship with an employee first appeared in a story by The Information in 2017, a day after the outlet reported that another Former manager, Android creator Andy Rubin, had previously left the company after an internal investigation determined that he had acted inappropriately with a subordinate.
Rubin, who has since provided the basis for the start-up of consumer electronic products Essential, has consistently denied any wrongdoing. Still, the Google employee who learned nearly a year later in a New York Times investigation annoyed him that he had negotiated a $ 90 million fee package on his way out the door.
He was not the only executive paid by Google after being accused of sexual harassment. Former senior section director Amit Singhal was also charged with sexual harassment and decided to leave the company when it was reportedly investigating the incident. Singhal, who spent 1[ads1]5 years with Google and also denied any wrongdoing, received a payout that ultimately totaled $ 15 million.
Both payments were approved by the Google Leadership Development and Compensation Committee. Today, it assists the committee of investors John Doerr and Ram Shriram, along with GIlead Sciences CFO Robin Washington, even though Washington was first brought into Alphabet's board in April.
Other employees have also accused the company of not doing enough to stop sexual harassment in previous years, including a former Google engineer who announced on Twitter in 2015 that she had long been sexually harassed by Google management, and that the company, despite her complaints, did nothing about it and even supported her harassers.
Why the company has waited until now to take this action is not yet clear, but CNBC suggests that recent headlines involving Drummond are at least part of the driver.
It was at the end of August that his former colleague, Jennifer Blakely, published a post on Medium describing Drummond as a cartoonist who left his wife for Blakely, then left Blakely and her son with him for another now former Google employee e.
Blakely also claimed that Drummond had had "an affair with his & # 39; personal assistant & # 39; as he moved into one of his new homes."
A day later, Drummond issued a self-declaration acknowledging his relationship with Blakely and their "difficult sexual intercourse 10 years ago." He went on to say that "As you expect, there are two sides to all the conversations and details Jennifer tells , and I have a completely different view of what happened. I discussed these allegations directly with Jennifer, and I brought up the details of our relationship with our employer at that time. "
Then Drummond said in his statement that he wanted to" address a claim affecting professional matters. Other than Jennifer, I have never started a relationship with anyone else who worked on Google or Alphabet. Any suggestion otherwise is simply not true. "
Days after the release of the statement, Drummond married a Google employee he had been with.
Drummond, who has continued in his top role in Alphabet and was paid $ 47 million last year, this week sold shares worth $ 27 million, according to SEC filings. He may need some of that for legal fees.