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 department, according to a complaint in a lawsuit obtained by the Wall Street Journal on Monday.
Amit Singhal, senior vice president of search at Google ...
The lawsuit targets the board of Google parent Alphabet, charging its members had a duty to protect the company and its shareholders from risk and reputation damage. An amended version was filed Monday without the redactions.
Singhal, who was accused of groping an employee while at a "boozy" party in 2015, agreed to resign a year later in return for a $45 million exit package and an agreement not to work for a competitor. 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.
Frank Bottini, an attorney for the shareholders, said the board-approved payments were an "abdication of responsibility".
Google says that it has made changes recently to take a hard line against sexual misconduct.
She added, "there are serious consequences for anyone who behaves inappropriately at Google".
Mr Singhal has also denied the claims against him, saying in a statement to the AP in 2017 that he had not been accused of harassment before and that he left Google on his own terms. Rubin has denied the claims. The company also concluded that the employee's account was credible. At the time, Singhal said he wanted to spend more time with his family and focus on his philanthropy, the report said.
Born in Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, Singhal received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in computer science from IIT Roorkee.
The lawsuit said Rubin had declined to accept that pay package until he had spoken to Page.
The suit by Martin explains that Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, "made the decision to approve the $150 million in equity awards directly, by himself, without the prior approval or involvement of the Board or the [Leadership, Development and Compensation Committee]".
Google awarded Rubin the grant even though there was an active investigation into his misconduct.
Google declined to comment further.