- Alphabet’s board of directors are being sued over allegations of covering up company executives accused of sexual harassment or discrimination.
- The lawsuit, on behalf of an Alphabet shareholder, cites Android creator Andy Rubin’s alleged $US90 million exit package following an internal investigation into his behaviour.
- “Rubin was allowed to quietly resign by defendants Larry Page and Sergey Brin after an internal investigation found the allegations of sexual harassment by Rubin to be credible,” according to the California court filing.
The board members of Google-parent company Alphabet are being sued over allegations that the company routinely covered up claims of sexual harassment by executives, including Android creator Andy Rubin who received a $US90 million exit package and a “hero’s farewell” following an internal investigation about his behaviour.
The lawsuit, filed in California state court on Thursday by an Alphabet shareholder, alleges that the board of directors and top executives, including co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, failed in their responsibility to investors by letting the harassment carry on.
In October, The New York Times published details about the allegation that led to Rubin’s dismissal – including his pressuring a woman with whom he had an extramarital relationship into performing oral sex. The Times report also exposed that Rubin was given a $US90 million exit package by the company even after an internal investigation found the woman’s complaint to be credible.
News of how Alphabet handled the allegations led to thousands of employees staging a walkout in protest last November.
The lawsuit is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, as well as remedies such as eliminating the dual class stock structure that gives Alphabet founders Page and Brin control of the company. The suit is the first brought against Alphabet’s board, according to Bloomberg, which first reported news of the lawsuit.
Louise Renne, a former San Francisco City Attorney who is representing the plaintiff, did not answer questions about the lawsuit. Alphabet was did not immediately return a request for comment.
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