Alphabet Exec Resigns After Exposé and Ahead of Planned Employee Walkout

Lloyd Doyle
November 1, 2018

Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an internal email on Tuesday condoning an employee protest planned for Thursday in the wake of a bombshell New York Times' report about sexual misconduct at the company, a source tells CNBC.

Richard DeVaul is alleged to have made inappropriate advances towards a female job candidate in 2013.

Alphabet told the New York Times it took "appropriate corrective actions" after receiving the complaint against DeVaul, who had been at the company for more than seven years.

He too faced claims of sexual harassment.

As reported by BuzzFeed News, on Thursday itself, Google executives held a meeting and attempted to explain the incident and apologize to the employees.

Almost a year ago, Andy Rubin took a leave of absence from Essential, after The Information alleged that he was in an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate while he led the Android team at Google. "Specifically, I never coerced a woman to have sex in a hotel room".

His LinkedIn profile has been updated to say that he is now working as an "innovation executive consultant".

His note follows a similar one from last week, in which he revealed that the company has fired 48 employees over the last two years for sexual harassment, including 13 "senior managers and above", noting that no one received an exit package. "When Google covers up harassment and passes the trash, it contributes to an environment where people don't feel safe reporting misconduct", the paper quoted her.

Rubin says the report "contains numerous inaccuracies about my employment at Google and wild exaggerations about my compensation".

Accusations of sexual harassment and gender bias has roiled Silicon Valley companies including Uber and Google.

None of these individuals, he said, had received a pay-off.

Larry Page, Google's chief executive, commented on Rubin's departure in a statement saying:"I want to wish Andy all the best with what's next".

"As CEO it's been personally important to me that we take a much harder line on inappropriate behavior", wrote Pichai, adding that the company has more work to do. I feel it as well, and I am fully committed to making progress on and issue that has persisted for far too long in our society...and yes, here at Google, too.

An anonymous employee said that the women (and men) were fed up with the "pattern of powerful men getting away with bad behavior towards women at Google." which culminate with a "slap on the wrist" or "golden parachute".

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