A former Google employee published an unvarnished account of her relationship with the company's top legal entity, claiming that David Drummond had conceived and emotionally abused a son during his marriage. Corporate culture that protects Google's elite men.
Jennifer Blakely, who served as Google's Legal Department Manager in 2001, described her experiences on Wednesday in a blog post titled "My Time on Google and After."
"I've witnessed it first-hand believing that the culture of a business, its behavioral patterns, is starting at the top," she wrote.
Blakely's post provides a detailed account of the first-hand allegations that were discussed in a New York Times article last October that discussed her relationship with Drummond, as well as the claim that the company made several million payouts of executives due to sexual assault Harassment has done.
Google did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment on this matter.
The blog post was released when Google was shattered by numerous allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate relationships among its male top executives. In the past year, employees at Google's global offices have staged a strike to protest the company's dealings with harassment reports.
"Do not expect me back, I'll never come back."
Blakely said that her and Drummond's relationship began in 2004, when both worked in the company's legal department. Drummond was still married, but according to Blakely, he was estranged from his then-wife. The two would get a child together in 2007.
At that time, Google had banned relations between employees of a "direct reporting line", and Drummond was chief advocate (or head of the legal department), which is why her relationship with the company violated policy. Blakey was asked by the Human Resources Department to join the sales team, where, she said, she had little experience.
Blakely said she was struggling in her new role, becoming depressed and eventually deciding to leave the company, confident that Drummond, who had moved in with her and her son at the time, would "protect us."
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In October 2008, things changed, Blakely said.
One evening, having to leave a dinner party early to take care of her ailing son, Blakely said she had received a text from Drummond saying, "Do not expect me back, I'll never come back."
Blakely said that Drummond never actually came back.
Since then, Blakely says, the last eleven years have been full of custody disputes, and Drummond has dealt with the situation "on his own terms".
"If I objected to his terms, if I did not" play ball, "he would punish me by punishing our son," Blakely wrote. "Months or years passed by when he did not see him or responded to my phone calls or lyrics with updates and pictures of him, or even asked how he was."
On one occasion Blakely described in her play, Drummond visited her son, and meanwhile the tech manager showed her a Daily Mail article discussing the open marriage and relationships between Google Executive Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt and younger were described wife.
"The article apparently reminded me how things worked," Blakely wrote. "David was (and is) a powerful manager."
Last November, Blakely said 20,000 Google employees had tears in their eyes as they protested how the company protected its "elite men".
Today, David Drummond remains Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer of Alphabet. His role, however, seems to have recently disappeared from the public eye. At this year's Annual General Meeting, such as a routine Drummond event, the chief lawyer sat in the background of the audience instead.
In an email sent to employees last October, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, said that over the past two years, 48 employees have been fired for sexual harassment, 13 of whom were senior executives or more senior executives.