In July 2017, a former female employee of BetterWorks filed a harassment lawsuit against me and BetterWorks, the company I founded. At the time, it was highly publicized in the press as another example of Silicon Valley bad behavior towards women. This was the first time for me experiencing something like this in over 20 years of my professional life.
During this process, the board of directors hired a third-party independent investigator to investigate the claim.
The findings of the investigator were that “no harassment, no sexual harassment, nor any assault or sexual assault occurred”, “no discrimination occurred”, and “no company policies were violated.” Upwards of fifteen witnesses participated in the investigation.
I am relieved to say that after a very disruptive eight months, the lawsuit has been withdrawn and ultimately dismissed.
People that know me know that I care deeply about women’s issues, and that I advocate for supporting as diverse and rich an environment for driving business results as possible. I spent many years, most recently at BetterWorks, creating an open, collaborative, diverse, inclusive, respectful, considerate, and flat organization. I am proud of so many aspects of BetterWorks, including the fact that 46% of our managers are female. This is roughly double the industry average. I deeply respect women, including my wife Leah. Leah and I have committed to raising our two sons to be inclusive and respectful of all people. We are proud to see them grow up in an age where equality and sensitivity to others is paramount.
Thank you to my friends and family that supported me during this difficult time. And thank you to the numerous and wonderful female leaders with whom I’ve had the extraordinary honor to work alongside.
I have decided to move on from BetterWorks as of late 2017, in order to allow the company to flourish with new leadership and eliminate any distractions. We have hired a fantastic new CEO that will be announcing soon, whom I am very excited about.
I currently continue to serve on the company’s board of directors. I am excited about the next phase of BetterWorks 2.0…