Shareholder sues Alphabet for covering up sexual harassment

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A lawsuit filed this week in California sees an Alphabet shareholder suing Alphabet.

The shareholder, James Martin, alleges that certain officers and directors at Alphabet have actively participated in a multi-year scheme to cover up sexual harassment and discrimination at the firm.

The lawsuit cites a report in 2018 which alleged that Google had paid Andy Rubin an exit package totaling $90 million after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

Following those revelations, 20 000 Google employees left the company.

“We are saying to the board of directors that it’s time they stand up and do what Google says — ‘do the right thing’,” said Lousie Renne, one of the lawyers that filed the suit during a press conference.

“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 lawyer said according to a report from The Verge.

The lawsuit seeks three new independent directors for the Alphabet board, executives who received payouts to pay them back to the company and financial damages of an unspecified amount.

You can find the full lawsuit (which totals 199 pages) over at this link.

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Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.