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MoneyGoogle confirms it agreed to pay $135 million to two execs accused of sexual harassment

05:45  12 march  2019
05:45  12 march  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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135 million to two former executives accused of sexual harassment , it confirmed to The Verge today. Google employees protested how the company had handled sexual harassment complaints last to end pay and opportunity inequity and make its annual internal report on incidents of sexual

harassment google walkout andy rubin amit singhal alphabet. Filed in Santa Clara County by James Martin, a Google shareholder, the complaint confirms much of what was reported by He agreed to resign, an in return received a million exit package and an agreement not to work for a competitor.

Google confirms it agreed to pay $135 million to two execs accused of sexual harassment© Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google agreed to pay $135 million to two former executives accused of sexual harassment, it confirmed to The Verge today. We now know from a newly unsealed lawsuit that former senior search vice president Amit Singhal was initially offered $45 million, triple the amount he ended up walking away with.

The figure was first reported by CNBC, which spotted a newly unsealed shareholder lawsuit against the company. According to the suit, former head of Android Andy Rubin allegedly received an offer for a $150 million stock grant, which he then allegedly used to negotiate the $90 million in severance pay we’d heard about in previous reports. Singhal’s $45 million offer was reduced to $15 million because he joined a rival company, Uber. Google has now confirmed these numbers to The Verge.

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Google agreed to pay $ 135 million in severance to two executives who left the tech giant after they faced allegations of sexual assault and hid the reason from their The payments went to executives Andy Rubin and Amit Singhal, who were separately accused of sexual misconduct against colleagues.

Google employees protested how the company had handled sexual harassment complaints last November. In response, the company agreed to end its forced arbitration policy in cases of discrimination and harassment . It also promised to end pay and opportunity inequity and make its

Google confirms it agreed to pay $135 million to two execs accused of sexual harassment© ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this May 15, 2013, file photo, Amit Singhal, senior vice president and software engineer at Google Inc., speaks at Google I/O 2013 in San Francisco. Google paid former search executive Singhal $35 million in an exit package when the exec was reportedly forced to resign after a sexual assault investigation, according to court documents released Monday, March 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) The news of the payouts, originally reported by the New York Times last October, led to protests on Google’s campus last November.

Rubin’s $90 million severance package automatically canceled out the $150 million stock grant he was initially offered, so he didn’t get both as some publications previously reported. In the end, Rubin received $90 million while Singhal received $15 million. That’s $105 million in total, lower than the $135 million that Google had originally approved.

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After two top executives were accused of sexual harassment , Google agreed to pay them $ 135 million in exit packages and cover up their reasons for Google shareholder James Martin filed a suit on Monday that highlighted the total amounts paid to former Android CEO Andy Rubin and former

In total, the company agreed to pay $ 135 million to two of its top-level executives. Notably, Google witnessed widespread protests after the New York Times reported that Rubin left Google following a sexual harassment allegations by a former employee with whom he had an extramarital affair.

Google confirms it agreed to pay $135 million to two execs accused of sexual harassment© Thomson Reuters The Google logo is pictured at the entrance to the Google offices in London, Britain January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

The payments were approved by Google’s Leadership Development and Compensation Committee, according to the suit. It alleges that other Google executives allowed Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt to dominate the board committee and influence the decision to pay Rubin and Singhal.

Francis Bottini, a lawyer for the shareholders, didn’t immediately respond to a phone call requesting comment. “There are serious consequences for anyone who behaves inappropriately at Google,” Google said in a statement to The Verge. “In recent years, we’ve made many changes to our workplace and taken an increasingly hard line on inappropriate conduct by people in positions of authority.”

Google confirms it agreed to pay $135 million to two execs accused of sexual harassment© ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this Tuesday, June 8, 2010, file photo, Andy Rubin, then-Google vice president of engineering, speaks to media at the Samsung headquarters during a media launch in Seoul, South Korea. Rubin received a $90 million severance package in 2014 after Google concluded the sexual misconduct allegations against him were credible. On Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, Google employees staged a global walkout to protest the company's treatment of women. (AP Photo/Wally Santana, File) The shareholder lawsuit accuses Google of breaching its fiduciary duty, abuse of power, unjust enrichment, and corporate waste. It asks for a trial and calls for Google to handle future sexual harassment accusations better. The lawsuit is also seeking punitive damages, without demanding a specific amount of money.

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Google paid millions to 2 execs accused of harassment . Google paid former search executive Amit Singhal million in an exit package when he was reportedly forced to resign after Instead, it says, the board agreed to pay off and otherwise support male executives facing misconduct charges

There has been substantial evidence of sexual harassment at Google . In addition to the former execs needing to pay back the money they received from Google as a result of their payouts, the lawsuit also calls for three new independent directors to join Alphabet's official board.

The 202-page lawsuit is filled with 119 pages of media reports from outlets like the Wall Street Journal, BBC, and NPR as evidence to back up its claims that Google enabled rampant sexual harassment from senior executives.

The suit quotes an anonymous Google employee who said: “When Google covers up harassment and passes the trash, it contributes to an environment where people don’t feel safe reporting misconduct. They suspect that nothing will happen, or, worse, that the men will be paid and the women will be pushed aside.”

Google employees protested how the company had handled sexual harassment complaints last November. In response, the company agreed to end its forced arbitration policy in cases of discrimination and harassment. It also promised to end pay and opportunity inequity and make its annual internal report on incidents of sexual harassment available to all employees.

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