The board of Google parent Alphabet expects to complete by December a probe into the corporate’s handling of sexual harassment and other misconduct grievances against present and former executives, based on a filing in a state courtroom in October.
Alphabet’s board formed a special litigation panel last spring after several shareholder organizations filed cases alleging that company administrators breached their fiduciary duties by covering up sexual misconduct complaints against two former prime executives over the past five years.
Four of the cases were joined together in June in Santa Clara County Superior Court in California, and Alphabet was anticipated to reply to the allegations by November 8.
However, Alphabet and the plaintiffs said in a joint court filing on October 18 that because the internal probe was anticipated to end by early December, they agreed to maneuver the corporate’s response deadline to Dec. 13 so that it would have the findings from the investigation in hand.
The board committee is working with law agency Cravath Swaine & Moore, the submitting stated.
CNBC first reported the inquiry on Wednesday, citing unspecified materials that confirmed an impartial subpanel of the board had retained an unnamed law agency to help with the investigation.
Alphabet said that its investigation had already been noted in the courtroom filings.
The corporate refused to elaborate, and spokespeople for Cravath didn’t instantly reply to requests to comment.
It’s unclear whether or not Cravath or the special action committee has interviewed any alleged sufferers, witnesses or accused officials, a few of whom are no longer at Alphabet.