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Ex-Googler describes the conditions and mistreatment of the company's top lawyer



A former Google employee published an unpublished account of her relationship with the company's chief legal officer, alleging that David Drummond fathered a son with her while married and emotionally abused her, in a scathing criticism of a "oppressive and titled" corporate culture that protects Google's "elite men."

Jennifer Blakely, who worked as a manager in the 2001 Google Legal Department, detailed her experience in a blog post Wednesday titled "My Time at Google and After."

"I lived through it first hand and I believe a company's culture, its behavioral patterns, start at the top," she wrote.

Blakely's post provides a detailed, first-hand account of charges described in a New York Times bombshell from October last year, which explained her relationship with Drummond, along with allegations of the company's payout of millions of incriminating executives amid sexual harassment claims.

Google did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment on the case.

because Google has been shaken by a number of allegations of sexual abuse and inappropriate relationships among top male executives. Last year, Google staff around the world staged a walkout to protest the company's handling of harassment reports.

"Don't expect me back . I'll never come back. "

Blakely said that the relationship between her and Drummond began in 2004 when the two worked in the company's legal department. Drummond was still married, but he was estranged from his wife at the time, according to Blakely. was supposed to have a child together in 2007.

At that time, Google had banned relationships between those who were in a "direct reporting line" and because Drummond was the lead attorney (or head of the legal department), their relationship violated the company Politics. Blakey was asked by human resources to move to the sales team, where she, she said, had little experience.

Blakely said she struggled in her new role, became depressed and eventually decided to leave the company, confident that Drummond, who had moved in with her and their son at the time, wanted to "protect us."

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But by October 2008, Blakely said, things changed.

One night, after having to leave a dinner party early to look after their sick son, Blakely said she received a text from Drummond saying, "Don't expect me back. I'll never come back."

Blakely said Drummond never came back.

Since then, Blakely said for the past 1

1 years has been filled with detention and Drummond who handled the situation "solely on his terms."

"If I objected to his terms, if I didn & # 39; t play ball & # 39; he would punish me by punishing our son," Blakely wrote. "It would be months or years where he would not see him or respond to my calls or texts with updates and photos of him, or even ask how he was doing."

On one occasion, as Blakely described in his piece, Drummond came to visit their son, and while doing so, the technical director showed her a Daily Mail article describing the then Google CEO and former CEO Eric Schmidt's open marriage and relationships with younger women.

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"The article was apparently a reminder of how things worked," Blakely wrote. "David was (and is) a powerful executive leader."

In November, Blakely said seeing 20,000 Google employees protesting how the company is protecting its "elite men" got tears in their eyes.

Today, David Drummond remains Alphabet's senior director of business development and administration. However, his role seems to have moved out of the public eye as of late. At this year's annual shareholders' meeting, such as an event that Drummond routinely held, the lead attorney instead sat in the audience, off the stage.

In an email to employees in October, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said 48 employees had been fired as a result of sexual harassment claims over the past two years, of which 13 were senior executives or held several senior positions.


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