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Alphabets board is investigating how execs have handled claims of sexual harassment and other misconduct

Alphabets board of directors has opened an investigation into how executives at the company have handled misconduct claims, CNBC reported earlier today after viewing materials that it says show an independent subcommittee has been formed and a law firm hired to look into the issues.
One of the subjects of those claims is the companys chief legal officer, David Drummond, whose long-ago extramarital affair with an employee was first surfaced in a story by The Information in 2017, one day after the outlet reported that another former executive, Android creator Andy Rubin, had left the company after an internal investigation determined that he had carried on an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate.
Rubin, who has since cofounded the consumer electronic products startup Essential, has consistently denied any wrongdoing, but it infuriated Google employees who learned nearly a year later in a New York Times investigation that hed negotiated a $90 million severance pay package on his way out the door.
He wasnt the only executive who was paid by Google after being accused of sexual harassment. Former senior search vice president Amit Singhal was also accused of sexual harassment, deciding to leave the company in his 15th year with Google as it was looking into the incident, reportedly. Singhal, who has also denied any wrongdoing, was given a payout that ultimately amounted to $15 million.
Both payouts were approved by Googles Leadership Development and Compensation Committee. Today, that committee is helmed by investors John Doerr and Ram Shriram, along with GIlead Sciences CFO Robin Washington, though Washington was only brought onto Alphabets 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 was long sexually harassed by management at Google 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 action isnt clear but it seems likely that fresh accusations against Drummond are at least part of the driver.
It was in August that his former colleague, Jennifer Blakely who was in a Google[/url]employee.
She also claimed Drummond had had an affair with his personal assistant who he moved into one of his new homes.
One day later, Drummond issued a statement of his own, saying: Its not a secret that Jennifer and I had a difficult break-up 10 years ago. I am far from perfect and I regret my part in that. Her account raises many claims about us and other people, including our son and my former wife. As you would expect, there are two sides to all of the conversations and details Jennifer recounts, and I take a very different view about what happened. I have discussed these claims directly with Jennifer, and I addressed the details of our relationship with our employer at the time.
Drummonds statement continued to on to say: But I do want to address one claim that touches on professional matters. Other than Jennifer, I never started a relationship with anyone else who was working at Google or Alphabet. Any suggestion otherwise is simply untrue.
Days later, Drummond married a Google employee who hed been dating.
Drummond, who was paid $47 million last year, this week sold $27 million worth of shares, according to SEC filings. He may need some of it for legal fees.
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