The board of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is being sued by a shareholder for trying to hide the sexual harassment allegations of its executives, such as Andy Rubin, one of the creators of Android, between 2014 and 2016.
The lawsuit was filed in a San Francisco, California, court stating that “the unlawful conduct of the directors allowed improper sexual behavior to proliferate and continue.” The document further reports that Alphabet’s board members knew what had happened and were then responsible for directly facilitating harassment and sexual discrimination.
The allegations began surfacing when The New York Times revealed that Google was protecting Rubin, who had been charged with sexual misconduct because the company offered a $ 90 million settlement for his silent release.
Rubin, however, was not the only one. With corporate and court documents, in addition to interviews with more than 30 company executives and current and former employees, The New York Times found that he was only one of three defendants protected by Google in the last decade.
Rubin’s resignation was a request from Larry Page, chief executive of Alphabet and one of Google’s founders in 2014, when the creator of Android was accused of sexually abusing an employee at a hotel.
In a statement, after the controversy began, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he had fired 48 employees for the same reason over the past two years. The case went on to file lawsuits around the world in November of last year.