Alphabet board leads the company on its handling of sexual misconduct allegations

FILE PHOTO: A sign is displayed out of a Google office in the area of the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, united states, May 8, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Dave Paresh

(Reuters) – The board of directors of Google, parent company, Alphabet, Inc., examines executives’ handling of sexual harassment and other misconduct claims, and it is expected to complete its probe by the beginning of December, according to a recent court filing.

CNBC first reported the investigation on Tuesday, the inclusion of non-specification materials which are added to the board of directors was held at an unnamed law firm to assist with the investigation.

The alphabet on the board of directors formed a special litigation committee, and this spring, after a shareholder filed a lawsuit, alleging that the board of management has played a direct role in covering up sexual misconduct by senior executives, according to a report in the case of the last few months. The committee works closely with the law firm of Cravath Swaine & Moore, the filing said.

It is unclear as to whether or Cravath or not the special litigation committee interviewed the alleged victims, witnesses or accused officers, some of whom are no longer in alphabetical order.

An alphabet spokesperson Heather Dickinson does not immediately respond to Reuters ‘ request for comment.

The council’s investigations into the conduct of the company’s Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond, who has been accused of having a relationship with co-workers, CNBC said.

Itself has acknowledged some of the faults in the relationship that he had with a co-worker, but said he would not have started a relationship with all co-workers ever since.

The shareholders, who sued the Alphabet in leadership, in anticipation of the outcome of the internal investigation, they will decide how to proceed with the case. They have a variety of governance reforms at the company, including with regard to the reduction of the officers and a majority of the votes, as well as adding more independent members of the board.

Report by Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru; Editing by shailesh Kuber and Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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