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Alphabet board faces lawsuit on allegations of sexual misconduct cover-up

Google signage is seen at the Google headquarters in the borough of Manhattan of New York City, New York, united states, December 19, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A shareholder lawsuit filed on Thursday said the board of directors of Google older Alphabet Inc played a direct role in the capping of sexual misconduct claims against two top executives in 2014 and 2016.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The lawsuit in San Mateo County Superior Court in California by shareholder James Martin cites minutes from the Alphabet board of directors and the board of directors the meetings of the commission. The lawsuit wants to force Google to upgrade its governance and oversight to stop future sexual harassment and discrimination.

It also seeks to have the shareholders vote on proposals to end non-disclosure agreements and mandatory arbitration which keep of alleged misconduct to the public and to force directors to pay penalties and other damages to Alphabet.

Lawyers for Martin said that they plan to show that Google ago, hundreds of millions of dollars in damages by the board of directors of the actions.

The amount comes from payouts made to executives accused of sexual misconduct, the lost productivity of employees around the world walk off the job briefly in November to protest against the payouts and the reputation of the brand damage.

Google Chief Executive, Sundar Pichai apologized last year to the employees for the companies in the past handling of sexual misconduct cases and vowed to improve practices. here

The employee’s demonstrations followed a New York Times in October that said Google in 2014 gave a $90 million exit package and then senior vice president Andy Rubin, after he was accused of sexual harassment. Rubin said the report mischaracterized the circumstances of his departure.

Martin’s lawsuit said Alphabet members of the council were directly involved in the decision about how to deal with Rubin after an internal investigation that the allegations against him credible.

Reporting by Paresh Dave and Jonathan Stempel; editing by Grant McCool

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