Source: Rich DeVaul, a director at X, Alphabet's moonshot unit, left the company today following reports of sexual harassment, did not receive an exit package (Ina Fried/Axios)

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Rich DeVaul, a director at X, the moonshot unit of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has left the company following reports of sexual harassment. DeVaul left the company earlier today, according to a source familiar with the matter, and did not receive an exit package.

Why it matters: Google has come under fire for paying large severance packages or continuing to employ those found to have engaged in improper conduct.

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According to a blockbuster New York Times story on Google and sexual harassment issues, DeVaul had propositioned someone applying for a job with the company. DeVaul had remained with X despite the company investigating a complaint over the incident. Alphabet told the Times that the company took “appropriate action” but did not specify what that was.

DeVaul apologized in a statement to the New York Times for “an error in judgment.”

DeVaul had been a co-founder of Project Loon, an attempt to use high-altitude balloons to deliver Internet access.


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