Google agreed to pay $ 135 million to two former executives accused of sexual harassment, confirmed to The Verge today. Now we know from a new unsealed demand that former senior vice president of search Amit Singhal was initially offered $ 45 million, triple the amount he ended up driving away.
The figure was first reported by CNBC, which detected a newly sealed shareholder demand. Against the company. According to the lawsuit, former Android boss Andy Rubin allegedly received an offer for a $ 150 million stock donation, which he allegedly used to negotiate the $ 90 million severance package we had heard in previous reports. Singhal's $ 45 million offer was reduced to $ 15 million because he joined a rival company, Uber. Google has now confirmed these numbers to The Verge.
News of the payments, originally reported by the New York Times last October, led to protests on Google's campus last November.
Rubin's $ 90 million indemnity package automatically canceled the $ 150 million equity grant initially offered to him, so he did not obtain both , as some publications previously reported. In the end, Rubin received $ 90 million, while Singhal received $ 15 million. That's a total of $ 105 million, less than the $ 135 million that Google had originally approved.
Payments were approved by the Google Leadership Development and Compensation Committee, according to the lawsuit. He alleges that other Google executives allowed Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt to dominate the board committee and influence the decision to pay Rubin and Singhal.
Francis Bottini, a lawyer for the shareholders, did not immediately respond to a telephone call requesting comments. "There are serious consequences for anyone who behaves inappropriately on Google," Google said in a statement to The Verge. "In recent years, we have made many changes in our workplace and we have taken an increasingly harsh line about the inappropriate behavior of people in positions of authority."
The shareholders' complaint accuses Google of violating its fiduciary duty, abuse of power, unfair enrichment, and corporate waste. He asks for a trial and asks Google to better handle future allegations of sexual harassment. The lawsuit also seeks punitive damages, without requiring a specific amount of money. The 202-page complaint contains 119 pages of media media reports such as The Wall Street Journal, BBC, and NPR as evidence to support their claims that Google enabled the unrestrained sexual harassment by high-level executives.
The lawsuit cites an anonymous Google employee who said: "When Google conceals harassment and trash, it contributes to an environment in which people do not feel safe in reporting wrongdoing, they suspect that nothing will happen, or, worse, that men will be paid and women will be left behind. "
Google employees protested the way the company handled complaints of sexual harassment last November. The company agreed to end its policy of forced arbitration in cases of discrimination and harassment, and promised to end wage inequality and opportunities and make its annual internal report on sexual harassment incidents available to all employees.