Google shareholders file lawsuit over payouts to execs accused of sexual misconduct

The Google logo on a building.

  • Shareholders have filed a lawsuit against Alphabet, the parent
    company of Google.
  • The suit comes after Google reportedly gave generous exit
    packages to executives accused of sexual misconduct.
  • Shareholders are seeking new directors for the Alphabet board,
    as well as an end to forced arbitrations.

Shareholders have filed a lawsuit against Google’s parent
company Alphabet after Google allegedly green-lit generous exit
packages to executives accused of sexual misconduct.

According to
The Verge
, citing
legal filings
, the suit is calling for three new, independent
directors to join the parent company’s board. It’s also urging
an end to so-called “dual class voting structure,” which would
reduce the power of Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
Additionally, the filing is calling for the accused executives to
return their exit packages.

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The suit also proposes several actions to better tackle sexual
harassment and discrimination cases. These proposed actions include
tighter internal controls against harassment, the elimination of
non-disclosure agreements in these cases, and an end to forced

The filing comes following allegations made against former
Android bigwig Andy Rubin last October. Google reportedly allowed
Rubin to resign with a
$90 million exit package
, despite that he’d been accused of
sexual misconduct.

New York Times
reported that Rubin was one of two male
executives who received generous exit packages despite having
“credible” claims of sexual misconduct against them. A third
male executive credibly accused of sexual misconduct was
purportedly allowed to stay at the company.

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“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.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai issued a letter to staff at the time
Rubin’s payout was made public, claiming the company fired 48
employees in the past two years for sexual misconduct. He added
that none of the 48 employees had received an exit package. But of
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Google shareholders file lawsuit over payouts to execs accused of sexual misconduct