Google Parent Alphabet to Pay $310 Million For Settlement of Sexual Harassment Case
The parent company of Google, Alphabet Inc. is set to pay $310 million for the settlement of a sexual harassment case. A shareholder of the company had alleged that the board members hid misconduct by the company executives.
Google executive Andy Rubin, who created the Facebook operating system for the Android application, is at the centre of the lawsuit. Rubin was offered a $90-million exit package by the company.
In 2018, thousands of the employees at Google had protested against the decision. Some of the shareholders claimed that then-Chief Executive Larry Page and the company board knew the allegations against Rubin at the time of announcing his exit package.
“This is a landmark settlement,” Louise Renne, an attorney representing the shareholders, said as quoted by Los Angeles Times.
According to Renne, it is the “largest and most holistic settlement” for the sexual misconduct charges.
The Google parent company also decided to form an independent audit board that will be responsible to address the harassment issues. Alphabet also ended the mandatory arbitration for employees placed at Google, Waymo and Verily.
“Protecting our workplace and culture means getting both of these things right, and in recent years we’ve worked hard to set and uphold higher standards for the whole company,” Google’s human resources head Eileen Naughton was quoted as saying.
“Thank you for your clear feedback as we’ve advanced this work,” Naughton added.
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