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Google board tried to cover up sexual misconduct, shareholders allege

Alphabet’s board of directors approved outsize severance packages for Google executives accused of sexual harassment in order to cover up a culture of misconduct, a shareholder lawsuit filed Thursday alleged. The shareholder, James Martin, is suing each of Alphabet’s current directors, a former director and several current or former executives on behalf of Alphabet itself, in what is known as a shareholder derivative lawsuit. “Google and the board of directors have direct personal liability for covering up the wrongdoing and allowing it to continue for years, thereby significantly harming women employees at Google,” Bottini said. The lawsuit alleges that the board minutes show that the payout was approved by board members “since they apparently feared that if they fired Rubin for cause, he would sue Google for wrongful termination and all the tawdry details 0f sexual harassment by senior executives at Google would become public”.

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