Google Agreed to Pay Execs Accused of Sexual Harassment Over £100 Million

Mae Love
March 13, 2019

Singhal was one subject of a New York Times investigation a year ago that revealed Google paid Android creator Andy Rubin $90 million in a severance package after the company found allegations of sexual assault against him were credible. The New York Times reported in October that Google had handsomely paid several high-ranking executives in separation agreements after they were credibly accused of sexual harassment, even though the men could have been fired for cause.

The complaint was part of a lawsuit filed by shareholders in January. Uber asked him to resign as senior vice president of engineering in February 2017 for failing to inform the company about a sexual harassment allegation made against him while he worked at Google.

The Alphabet co-founder has generally stayed behind the scenes, while Google CEO Sundar Pichai has been left to deal with criticism of the company's culture.

Google said in a statement: "There are serious consequences for anyone who behaves inappropriately at Google".

"The LDCC continued its practice of covering up the real reason for Singhal's departure by describing Singhal's departure as follows: 'Oh 26-Feb-16, Amit Singhal (SVP, Search) left Google to focus on philanthropic activities, '" the suit reads.

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"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", the company said in an emailed statement.

The payout for Rubin sparked widespread outrage at Google and, last fall, prompted a walkout of 20,000 employees who demanded that the company improve its handling of harassment claims. The company also concluded that the employee's account was credible. Soon after, thousands of Google employees walked out to protest how the company handles sexual harassment complaints. However, in response to this lawsuit, the company hasn't issued any statement.

Although some action was taken and apologies made, Googlers were still unhappy, in particular about Rubin's mega-bucks payout, and pushed for more measures, including an end to forced arbitration for such cases, which was eventually granted.

Alphabet Chief Executive Officer Larry Page didn't get board approval when he awarded a $150 million stock grant to Andy Rubin, the creator of the Android mobile software, while the company helped to cover up his alleged misconduct, according to a lawsuit. Alphabet is the parent company of Google.

Through an Alphabet spokesperson, Page declined to comment.

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