Google Sued Over Payouts to Ex-Execs Accused of Sexual Harassment

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In the later part of October last year, we learned disturbing news about Andy Rubin and other ex-Google executives, thanks to a piece from The New York Times. If you missed it, I suggest you go ahead and read it.

The gist is, the accused ex-executives were let go from their positions at the company and are still being paid large sums of money, while the company essentially tried to conceal from the public the real reason for their departures.

In a new lawsuit brought up against Google by its own shareholders, lawyers are arguing that the payouts received by the accused should be returned to Google and that three independent directors should be placed on Alphabet’s board, diluting control of the company from co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Louise Renne, one of the lawyers who filed the suit, offered the following during a press conference.

We are saying to the board of directors that it’s time they stand up and do what Google says — ‘do the right thing.’ There has been substantial evidence of sexual harassment at Google. And yet there hasn’t been the appropriate follow-through. In fact, quite to the contrary. The perpetrators of the sexual harassment have been rewarded handsomely — in one case, by a $90M payout. And that’s just wrong.

The suit was filed this morning in San Mateo Superior Court by Alphabet shareholder James Martin.

We’ll keep you posted.

// The Verge



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