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Technology Alphabet's board is investigating how sexual misconduct claims were handled

06:30  07 november  2019
06:30  07 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Today CNBC reports that Alphabet , the parent company of Google that was formed in 2015, is investigating how execs investigated sexual misconduct . The way those investigations and others were handled have been cited among reasons for an employee walkout a year ago, and

SEATTLE — Alphabet ’ s board of directors is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate relationships by current and former executives as part of its legal defense against shareholder lawsuits over its handling of the matters

Today CNBC reports that Alphabet, the parent company of Google that was formed in 2015, is investigating how execs investigated sexual misconduct. Years of eyebrow-raising stories about behavior by top officials at Google preceded a report last year by the New York Times that highlighted a $90 million payment to Android co-founder Andy Rubin after a misconduct probe, another payment to former search head Amit Singhal and also allegations against then-X research division director Rich DeVaul, who resigned shortly after.

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In a letter to employees responding to the article, CEO Sundar Pichai said the company had fired 48 employees over the last two years, including 13 at the senior management level or higher, for sexual harrassment.

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Google parent Alphabet ' s board is looking into the company's handling of sexual misconduct allegations, according to CNBC. It's formed a special Among other things, the investigation will look into charges made against David Drummond, Alphabet ' s chief legal officer, who had an affair and a

Google's parent company Alphabet is investigating how executives handled sexual harassment and misconduct charges. "In early 2019, Alphabet ' s board of directors formed a special litigation committee to consider claims made by shareholders in various lawsuits relating to past workplace

The way those investigations and others were handled have been cited among reasons for an employee walkout a year ago, and investor lawsuits claiming the Alphabet board of directors -- including Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt -- was directly involved in covering incidents up. In a California state court filing, the company revealed the board formed an independent subcommittee and hired a law firm to investigate the issues, and sought to move a response deadline to December so that it would have the results of that investigation.

Alphabet's chief legal officer David Drummond is specifically named in the report, under review over accusations of relationships with employees. In 2007 he had a child with Jennifer Blakely, a woman who worked in Google's legal department, and in August she wrote on Medium that he abused his power over her while also engaging in affairs with others at the company. SEC filings showed Drummond received a $27 million profit from exercising stock options earlier this week.

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Alphabet ’ s board has opened an internal investigation into how the company handles claims of sexual harassment and misconduct . Alphabet is investigating how Google handles sexual harassment cases.

(Reuters) - The board of Google parent company Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc is investigating executives' handling of sexual harassment and other misconduct claims , and expects to complete its probe by early December, according to a recent court filing. CNBC first reported the investigation on

In a statement to CNBC, an Alphabet spokesperson said "As has already been confirmed in public court filings, in early 2019, Alphabet's Board of Directors formed a special litigation committee to consider claims made by shareholders in various lawsuits relating to past workplace conduct." Reuters reports that the response deadline has been moved to December 13th, when Alphabet expects to have finished its investigation.

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