Shareholders suing Alphabet for concealing sexual harassment cases

Shareholders suing Alphabet for concealing sexual harassment cases

Two lawsuits by shareholders have accused the board of Alphabet, Google's parent company, of playing a direct role in concealing harassment complaints against two former executives.

One of these complaints, filed by a shareholder named James Martin, stems from the severance pay that Google would have paid to Andy Rubin, the creator of the Android mobile operating system, and Amit Singhal, head of the unit. Google search until 2016. The complaint indicates that the allegations of sexual harassment against the two men were deemed credible by the internal investigations conducted by the company.

According to the lawsuit filed Thursday in California State Court, " Rubin was allowed to quietly resign by defendants Larry Page and Sergey Brin after an internal investigation concluded that allegations of sexual harassment were credible (…) While working for Google, Rubin is also suspected of having human trafficking by paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to women to own, in his own words. "

Larry Page, Sergei Brin and Sundar Pichai cited in complaint

Last October, the New York Times claimed that Google paid Andy Rubin $ 90 million after Larry Page demanded his resignation following an allegation that he forced an employee to have oral sex in a home. hotel room in 2013. Amit Singhal resigned from his position as executive vice president of engineering at Uber in 2017 after the company discovered he would have been charged with sexual harassment while he was employed at Google. He left the Mountain View firm in 2016 after being accused of sexually harassing an employee of another Google service. Andy Rubin and Amit Singhal both denied the charges.

The complaint accuses the board of directors and senior executives of Alphabet of breaching their fiduciary duties, unjust enrichment, abuse of power and corporate waste. They include Larry Page and Sergei Brin, former president Eric Schmidt, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, former human resources director Laszlo Bock, legal director David Drummond, Andy Rubin and Amit Singhal, among others. A similar complaint was filed on Wednesday by the Northern California Pipe Trades Pension Plan and Teamsters Local 272 Labor Management Pension Fund. In particular, the plaintiffs claim that the members of Alphabet's board of directors pay compensation to the company.

Google took action against sexual harassment

In November, Google employees around the world organized a coordinated protest to denounce the company's treatment of allegations of sexual harassment. Organizers of the Google Walkout said more than 20,000 full-time workers and contractors participated in the November 1 protest. " I understand the anger and disappointment that many of you feel Google's CEO Sundar Pichai said in a letter to employees. " I feel it too, and I pledge to make progress on an issue that has been around for too long in our society … and yes, here at Google too. A few days later, the company announced a reshuffle of its policy on sexual harassment.

Some of Google's employees involved in the November walkout issued a statement following the announcement of these lawsuits: " We have all the evidence we need that Google's leadership does not have our best interests at heart ".

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