Google’s board of directors accused of concealing allegations of sexual harassment

Google's board of directors accused of concealing allegations of sexual harassment View of the Google logo, at the headquarters of your company in New York (United States), on Friday, October 18, 2013. EFE / Archivo

A lawsuit filed today in a court in San Francisco, California, accuses the board of directors of Google’s parent group, Alphabet, of covering up allegations of sexual harassment against two of its top executives in 2014 and 2016.

This injunction, the result of an “extensive investigation,” according to the defense, indicates that Alphabet’s board of directors breached its fiduciary duty, committed abuse of control, unjustly enriched itself and squandered corporate assets, local media reported.

“The unlawful conduct of the principals allowed improper sexual behavior to proliferate and continue, and Alphabet board members knew and directly facilitated sexual harassment and discrimination,” the lawsuit states.

According to the text, Google allowed male executives of “high level, responsible for generating millions of dollars in income” to engage in inappropriate sexual behavior.

The lawsuit comes months after the New York Times revealed that Google protected the creator of Android, Andy Rubin, after a complaint of sexual misconduct that was considered “credible” in an internal investigation, and compensated for his departure from the company. technology in 2014 with 90 million dollars.

From corporate and judicial documents, and interviews with more than three dozen executives and current or former employees of the company, the newspaper stated that Rubin was one of “three executives who Google protected in the last decade after they were accused of sexual misconduct. “

According to what was revealed by the New York newspaper, in 2014 the current CEO of Alphabet – Google Matrix – Larry Page, asked for the resignation of Rubin considering the company “credible” allegations that this would have forced an employee to practice oral sex with him in a hotel.

After the uproar caused by the publication of The New York Times, the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, said the company has fired 48 people for sexual misconduct in the last two years.

Google employees around the world protested in November against the sex scandals that arose in those weeks and demanded that this work culture “end”.

A week later, Google announced several changes in the way the company deals with possible cases of sexual harassment, committing to be more transparent in its management, to offer more support to the victims and to “redouble” their efforts to be a representative, equitable and respectful company (EFEUSA) .-


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