Google paid former exec $35 million after harassment claim

Google paid former exec $35 million after harassment claim

When it comes to the changes made by Google, in the past, Google has stated that it hasn't awarded severance packages to the employees fired for sexual harassment in the last 2 years.

Mr Singhal was one subject of a New York Times investigation previous year that revealed Google paid Android creator Andy Rubin $USD 90 million ($127.22 million) in a severance package after the company found allegations of sexual assault against him were credible.

But The New York Times, citing three people briefed on the incident, reported an employee claimed Singhal groped her at an off-campus event.

The lawsuit was filed in January in California Superior Court with redactions in the passages referring to board discussions.

He agreed to take a job at Uber about a year after his departure, then resigned from the ride-hailing company a few weeks later when the sexual harassment claim at Google became public, the report said.

In addition, it said that by failing to explain the real reason Rubin had left Google in its statements at the time to the SEC, Alphabet had effectively filed "materially false and misleading" financial statements with the authority.

According to CEO Sundar Pichai, Google has so far terminated 48 people for sexual harassment.

Google acknowledged the unredacted claims in the lawsuit Monday and said in a statement there are "serious consequences for anyone who behaves inappropriately at Google". Both allegations for misconduct had been investigated, and the accusers' accounts' were deemed credible.

"This lawsuit simply repeats much of the recent media coverage, mischaracterizes Andy's departure from Google and sensationalizes claims made about Andy by his ex-wife", Rubin's lawyer, Ellen Stross, said in a statement Monday. Soon after, thousands of Google employees walked out to protest how the company handles sexual harassment complaints.

Google promised to be more forceful in handling such cases and ended mandatory arbitration in cases of sexual misconduct.

Rubin, who developed Google's Android software, received a $90 million severance package in 2014 after the company found evidence he engaged in sexual harassment of a female subordinate.

The lawsuit also provided a window into the workings of Alphabet's board and the power exerted by Larry Page, a co-founder of Google and Alphabet's chief executive. The payments were approved by Google's Leadership Development and Compensation Committee, according to the lawsuit.

Through an Alphabet spokesperson, Page declined to comment.

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