Attorneys in San Francisco representing a Google shareholder are suing Alphabet’s board of administrators for allegedly covering up sexual misconduct claims in opposition to high executives.
The swimsuit comes months after an explosive New York Times’ report detailed how Google shielded executives accused of sexual misconduct, both by holding them on employees or permitting them amicable departures. For instance, Google reportedly paid Android chief Andy Rubin a $90 million exit bundle, regardless of asking for his resignation after discovering sexual misconduct claims in opposition to him credible. Similarly, Amit Singhal, was allowed to quietly resign after sexual misconduct claims had been made in opposition to him, too.
The authentic report spurred an enormous protest throughout which hundreds of Google workers walked out of workplaces all over the world. In response, the corporate ended its compelled arbitration coverage for sexual misconduct allegations and stated it will begin offering extra transparency round sexual harassment investigations.
The new lawsuit, filed in California’s San Mateo County, asserts claims for breach of fiduciary responsibility, abuse of management, unjust enrichment, and waste of company property. The attorneys say the lawsuit is the results of “an extensive original investigation into non-public evidence” and produced copies of inside Google minutes from Board of Directors conferences.
“The Directors’ wrongful conduct allowed the illegal conduct to proliferate and continue,” the swimsuit reads. “As such, members of Alphabet’s Board were knowing and direct enablers of the sexual harassment and discrimination.”
The swimsuit additionally accuses board members of using contradictory requirements:
“If you were a high‐level male executive at Google responsible for generating millions of dollars in revenue, Google would let you engage in sexual harassment. And if you get caught, Google would keep it quiet, let you resign, and pay you millions of dollars in severance,” the swimsuit reads. “On the other hand, if you were a low‐level employee at Google and were accused of sexual harassment or discrimination, you would be fired for cause with no severance benefits. In this way, Alphabet and the Board were able to maintain optics and superficial compliance with its code of conduct, internal rules, and laws regarding sexual harassment. By appearing to take decisive action against a significant number of low‐level employees, and by concealing the blatant and widespread sexual harassment by senior Google executives, the Board avoided a much bigger scandal.”
The shareholder plaintiff, James Martin, has held Alphabet inventory since October 2009.
Google didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
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