Alphabet Chief Authorized Officer David Drummond is on the heart of a media firestorm, following a brand new Medium put up authored by a former Google worker who was engaged in a years-long relationship with Drummond greater than 10 years in the past.
Although the extramarital affair was initially reported on final fall by the New York Instances within the broader context of Google’s permissive office tradition, the previous worker, Jennifer Blakely, says in a brand new and way more detailed account of their relationship that Drummond was a serial philanderer, leaving his spouse for Blakely, then leaving Blakely and the son that he fathered along with her for an additional now-former Google worker.
She provides that Drummond additionally had “an affair together with his ‘private assistant’ who he moved into one in all his new properties.”
We reached out to Google, asking for remark both from the corporate or Drummond, and have but to listen to again.
It’s an enormously unflattering portrait and it comes at a fragile time for Google, which discovered itself on the heart of the #metoo motion final yr, after the Instances revealed that one other former govt, Andy Rubin, had been awarded a good-looking exit bundle following a sexual misconduct declare that the corporate reportedly discovered credible.
Along with accusing Drummond of neglecting her, Blakely additionally accuses him of being an absentee guardian to the kid who she suggests they tried for years to have, writing that “[m]onths or years would go by the place he wouldn’t see [their son] or reply to my calls or texts with updates and photos of him and even ask how he was doing, not to mention how he may assist out, realizing full nicely I used to be alone and in determined want.”
Elsewhere in her put up, Blakely says that following a custody battle over the boy that she gained when he was four-and-a-half-years previous, “David started offering ample baby help.”
In keeping with a number of sources acquainted with the state of affairs, it’s extra nuanced than Blakely describes and was not a very glad union, although these identical people acknowledge that a lot of her account is true. Drummond, who was Google’s basic counsel again in 2001 after they met, was married when he started an affair with Blakeley, who’d been employed into Google’s authorized division as a senior contracts supervisor. Although Google merely discouraged managers from having affairs with subordinates on the time (it wasn’t in opposition to the corporate’s code of conduct), when Drummond lastly advised the corporate in 2007 that Blakeley was pregnant together with his baby, she was moved into a job within the firm’s gross sales division, removed from the corporate’s authorized division.
Blakely writes she had “zero expertise in gross sales” and that it was a tough transition to make: “I did my greatest to maintain up however I used to be floundering and have become depressed at work.”
She left the corporate roughly one yr later, in 2008. She says she and Drummond and their son have been residing collectively by that point, including that seven months later, he broke up along with her through textual content, saying he was “by no means coming again” to their shared residence.
“And he didn’t,” she writes.
Drummond’s star has continued to rise at Google, the place he has now spent 17 years and at present serves as its senior vp of company growth, in addition to the chief authorized officer for Google’s guardian firm, Alphabet.
Google has made quite a few modifications within the face of criticisms that male executives on the firm haven’t confronted penalties up to now for sexual misconduct at work — criticisms that boiled into fury final yr, prompting an organized walk-out by tens of 1000’s of Google staff final November.
Amongst them: Google not pressure staff to settle disputes with the corporate in non-public arbitration, together with in circumstances of sexual harassment or assault; staff can now lodge complaints referring to harassment and different misconduct through a devoted web site; an they usually can convey colleagues to help them to conferences associated to investigations.
Nonetheless, Google has by no means commented particularly on Blakely’s allegations and will probably be curious to see if this latest salvo forces its hand.
The affair, and others on the firm, don’t appear to have pressured dramatic modifications to its official code of contact, in any case.
In keeping with a piece titled: “Associates and Family; Co-Employee Relationships,” it cautions staff that “romantic relationships between co-workers can, relying on the work roles and respective positions of the co-workers concerned, create an precise or obvious battle of curiosity. If a romantic relationship does create an precise or obvious battle, it could require modifications to work preparations and even the termination of employment of both or each people concerned. Seek the advice of Google’s Worker Handbook for added steering on this difficulty.”