A lawsuit filed in a court in San Francisco (California, USA) accuses the board of directors of Alphabet, Google's parent group, of having covered up complaints sexual harassment against two of its senior executives in 2014 and 2016. The defense ensures that this injunction is the result of an "extensive investigation," and notes that the board breached its fiduciary duty, committed abuse of control, was unfairly enriched and squandered assets corporate, as reported by local media.
"The unlawful conduct of the directors allowed improper sexual behavior proliferate and continue. Thus, Alphabet board members knew and directly facilitated sexual harassment and discrimination, "the lawsuit states, according to the text, Google allowed male executives of" high level, responsible for generating millions of dollars in revenue " they will engage in inappropriate sexual behavior.
The denunciation occurs months after The New York Times uncover that Google protected the creator of Android, Andy Rubin, after a complaint of sexual misconduct that was considered "credible" in an internal investigation, and compensated its exit of the technological company in 2014 with 90 million dollars.
From corporate and judicial documents, and interviews with more than three dozen executives and current or former employees of the company, the newspaper stated that Rubin was one of "three executives who Google protected in the last decade after they were accused of sexual misconduct. " According to what was revealed by the American newspaper, in 2014 the current CEO of Alphabet Larry Page requested the resignation of Rubin considering the company "credible" allegations according to which this would have forced an employee to perform oral sex with him in a hotel.
After the commotion caused, the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, has assured that the company has dismissed 48 people for sexual misconduct in the last two years. In November 2018, Google employees around the world protested against the scandals that arose in those weeks and demanded that this work culture "end". And, a week later, Google announced several changes in the way the company deals with the possible cases of sexual harassment, committing to be more transparent in its management, to offer more support to the victims and to "redouble" its efforts to be a representative, equitable and respectful company.