The Mark Hurd Side Show: HP's Ex-CEO Settles Harassment Charges

Mark Hurd resigned as CEO of Hewlett-PackardThe Mark Hurd saga, which began on Friday when he resigned as head of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) under pressure, isn't over. Several media reports say that he settled sexual harassment charges by a female contractor, has identified herself. The time Jodie Fisher spent with Hurd and the expenses he filed for some of their meetings have been listed as among the issues that forced Hurd to leave HP.

Fisher brought the sexual harassment charges against Hurd in a letter from her attorney sent to Hurd's office on June 29. She was represented by media-savvy attorney Gloria Allred, who's no stranger to high-profile clients, including two of Tiger Woods's mistresses and now Mel Gibson's alleged mistress.

An HP board investigation about the matter cleared Hurd of the sexual harassment charges but found that he was guilty of violating some of the company's standards of behavior.

"Expense Irregularities" for a Female Contractor

The amount of money Hurd paid the contractor wasn't disclosed. Reuters quotes unnamed sources who say she has released the company from any liability.

Histories of the meetings Hurd had with Fisher say he saw her on several occasions, mostly at company meetings. Hurd apparently approved large fees for her attendance at the events -- several thousands of dollars for each meeting. Hurd also shared meals with the contractor, and the HP board discovered that he had filed inaccurate documents involving some of these expenses. Fisher worked for HP from 2007 to 2009.

Some people close to Hurd defended his meetings as being part of the normal course of business. "A source familiar with Hurd's account of the situation said there were expense irregularities, in part because Hurd's expenses were filed by his assistant, who did not necessarily know who was in attendance at a certain meal," according to Reuters. These sources said Hurd visited locations where Fisher worked for normal company business reasons other than meeting her. The board clearly didn't buy that account.

(Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the name of the contractor, now that she has come forward.)




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musomesa

The fact that the company was released from liability would indicate even Gloria Allred saw there was nothing to harvest there.

August 08 2010 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jgriz2000

oh' gag me already

August 08 2010 at 10:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
robin and chip

***** and ******, for what ever reason. the reason we live is for our lord and savor.there praysing the money, the root of all evel. god bless them.

August 08 2010 at 10:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lobster

Men are stupid - this skank and her skank lawyer have just reaffirmed that fact.

August 08 2010 at 9:11 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
rrtx7

How on earth is the word "alledged" justified describing Mel Gibson's mistress?

August 08 2010 at 2:22 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Tom

What goes around comes around Mr. Hurd, even for you. You spent so many years with that arrogant "it's good to be the King" attitude toward those you worked with and little by little that arrogance eroded your alleged commitment to integrity, both business and personal. There is an old Indian proverb that says "a wise man doesn't build his castle on other people's ashes." Well, your ash pile got so high, your castle clearly had to fall at some point. Here is a piece of human advice as you fade away into a disgustingly affluent retirement.......learn to be humble and spend the rest of your life helping those that have no other choice but to be. You "may" just find that the rewards in doing so are far greater than the egocentric power trip you have been on at NCR and HP that means nothing in the end to your family and when you meet your maker. Good luck......you will need it.

August 08 2010 at 1:38 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply