Alphabet board faces lawsuit on allegations of sexual misconduct cover-up

Alphabet board faces lawsuit on allegations of sexual misconduct cover-up

"Defendants' decision to waste millions of dollars of Company money in order to reward and protect powerful male executives credibly accused of sexual harassment epitomizes their failure to address the Company's wide-spread culture of sexual harassment and discrimination", the lawsuit continued.

Singhal was sacked from Uber Technologies Inc.in 2017 for failing to disclose the allegations he faced at the Mountain View, California-based company, where he was the longtime head of the powerful search division.

News of the payout ignited unprecedented outrage among Google employees, thousands of whom staged a global walkout to demand change.

In a bid to hide sexual harassment allegations against former Google executives, Alphabet's board of directors has approved hefty severance packages for the accused, according a lawsuit filed by a shareholder of the company. Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai apologized a year ago to employees for the companies' past handling of sexual misconduct cases and vowed to improve practices.

These two lawsuits are known as "shareholder derivative suits" and are brought by investors against Google's board of directors individually for allegedly mismanaging company resources.

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The board's audit and compensation committees, comprising nine members, along with Page, Brin and Schmidt, reviewed the findings of an investigation into allegations against Rubin in 2014.

"The conduct of Rubin and other executives was disgusting, illegal, immoral, degrading to women, and contrary to every principle that Google claims it abides by", the shareholder said in the complaint.

Andy Rubin's attorney, Ellen Winick Stross, did not immediately respond to Ars' request for comment late Thursday but sent a statement to Bloomberg. "Andy denies any misconduct, and we will vigorously defend him against these baseless claims".

"The rational and reasonable inference from these facts is that Larry Page and Google's directors wanted to make sure Rubin was paid handsomely to ensure his silence, since they apparently feared that if they fired Rubin for cause, he would sue Google for wrongful termination and all the tawdry details of sexual harassment by senior executives at Google would become public", reads an excerpt of the filing. Her co-counsel, Ann Ravel, was a commissioner for the Federal Election Commission under the Obama administration.

The suit comes after Google reportedly gave generous exit packages to executives accused of sexual misconduct. "What we have asked for are a lot of changes in corporate governance at Google, and that is really the ultimate objective of this litigation".

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