Alphabet, parent company of Google, prosecuted for sexual misconduct policy

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Google staff protested against the way he handled allegations of sexual misconduct

Alphabet, Google's parent company, is facing legal action for the way it handled sexual misconduct complaints against two executives.

In addition, two long-standing shareholders filed suit, accusing Alphabet's board of being involved in attempts to conceal claims.

Both legal claims want Alphabet to do a better job of discovering and responding to mistakes.

Google declined to comment on the lawsuits or know whether he would answer or not.

Staff protest

The lawsuit would have been motivated by the way Google handled the charges of misconduct brought against the former boss of Android Andy Rubin and the l '. former director of research, Amit Singhal.

It is believed that both men received significant gains after investigating the claims. Neither is working now for Google.

Rubin and Singhal both denied the allegations.

The way Google handled the incidents provoked demonstrations by staff and led thousands of people out of their offices during coordinated events in November.

In response, Google's boss, Sundar Pichai, is apologetic for the way he had acted in the past as a result of allegations of inappropriate behavior and had promised improvements.

One lawsuit states that Google applied a two-tiered policy when it dealt with harassment or discrimination reports.

Ordinary workers were generally fired and did not receive any benefit, but similar behavior on the part of senior management would be tolerated until leaders were exposed, which would allow them to pay and resign, as evidenced by legal documents.

The double standard meant that Alphabet's board had not done its job properly and that its actions had cost the company millions of dollars, the lawsuit said.

Mr. Pichai's statement to employees last October stated: "In the past two years, we have fired 48 people, including 13 senior managers and more, for sexual harassment." None of these people received an exit package. .

"And to clarify things: at that time, we also did not provide an exit package to executives who voluntarily left during a sexual harassment investigation."

Frank Bottini, a lawyer representing a shareholder, said the lawsuit wanted to entice the highest level of shares in Alphabet.

"We would like to see … a significant change in the tone of society, policies, the treatment of women, the reporting of sexual harassment and other problems," he told Reuters.