Attorneys in San Francisco representing a Google shareholder are suing Alphabet’s board of directors for allegedly covering up sexual misconduct claims against top executives.
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The suit comes months after an explosive New York Times’ report detailed how Google shielded executives accused of sexual misconduct, either by keeping them on staff or allowing them amicable departures. For example, Google reportedly paid Android leader Andy Rubin a $90 million exit package, despite asking for his resignation after finding sexual misconduct claims against him credible. Similarly, Amit Singhal, was allowed to quietly resign after sexual misconduct claims were made against him, too.
The original report spurred a massive protest during which thousands of Google employees walked out of offices around the world. In response, the company ended its forced arbitration policy for sexual misconduct allegations and said it would start providing more transparency around sexual harassment investigations.
The new lawsuit, filed in California’s San Mateo County, asserts claims for breach of fiduciary duty, abuse of control, unjust enrichment, and waste of corporate assets. The attorneys say the lawsuit is the result of « an extensive original investigation into non-public evidence » and produced copies of internal Google minutes from Board of Directors meetings.
« The Directors’ wrongful conduct allowed the illegal conduct to proliferate and continue, » the suit reads. « As such, members of Alphabet’s Board were knowing and direct enablers of the sexual harassment and discrimination. »
The shareholder plaintiff, James Martin, has held Alphabet stock since October 2009.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
You can read the suit in full here: