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Google tried to cover up sexual misconduct, alleges shareholder

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In a bid to hide allegations against former executives, Alphabet's board of directors has approved hefty severance packages for the accused, according a lawsuit filed by a shareholder of the company.

is Google's parent company.

The lawsuit filed on Thursday in state court accuses the board and executives of breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, abuse of power and corporate waste, CNET reported.

The lawsuit makes reference to oversize severance packages that reportedly paid to creator Andy Rubin, and Amit Singhal, of Google's search unit until 2016.

in November 2018 reported that Rubin received $90 million in severance when fired him in 2014 over accusations of sexual misconduct that the company deemed credible.

Allegations of against the two men were found to be credible by company investigations, according to the lawsuit filed by shareholder

"Rubin was allowed to quietly resign by defendants and after an internal investigation found the allegations of by Rubin to be credible," according to the complaint.

"While at Google, Rubin is also alleged to have engaged in human sex trafficking -- paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to women to be, in Rubin's own words, 'owned' by him."

Singhal stepped down as Uber's Senior in 2017 after it discovered he had allegedly been accused of sexual harassment while he was employed at Google, said the CNET report, adding that both Rubin and Singhal have denied the allegations.

Following report in November, Google employees around the world staged a protest against the tech giant's handling of sexual harassment cases.

After the reaction to the story in The Times, Google sought to reassure employees about the company's stand against sexual harassment.

"Over the past two years, we have terminated 48 people, including 13 senior managers and above for sexual harassment," Pichai said.

"None of these people received an exit package. And to clarify: in that time, we have also not provided any exit packages to executives who departed voluntarily in the course of a sexual harassment investigation," he added.



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 11:10 IST