SAN FRANCISCO – A Google shareholder sued the board of directors and senior management of the company on Thursday, claiming that the leaders of the technology giant have violated their duty to investors when they allegedly covered the sexual conduct of managers and have given to large-scale molesters.
The apparel, of the shareholder James Martin, arises from last year's revelations that the company has awarded a $ 90 million exit package to the executive Andy Rubin, the creator of the operating system Android, just as Rubin was being pushed on charges of sexual misconduct. Google had asked for the resignation of Rubin in 2014 after determining that the charges of having forced a woman to have oral sex in a hotel room the previous year were credible.
Rubin was celebrated when he left Google, and the real reason for his departure was made public by the Information and the New York Times, which also reported the payment. Rubin denied the accusations.
The story has troubled the workforce of Google, a moment #MeToo that has pushed thousands of office workers around the world to give up work in protest.
Thursday's shareholder case, which was promoted by several high-profile lawyers, including a former president of the Federal Election Commission and the former San Francisco city attorney, has a particular focus on Google's board of directors. The case charges the prominent venture capitalists John Doerr and Ram Shriram, who led the development of the leadership of the board and the compensation committee, approving the payment while fully aware of the allegations.
"If the board of directors is in charge, they should have" done the right thing "and in this case they did anything that was not the right thing," said Louise Renne, the former prosecutor of the city of San Francisco .
The suit also caters to Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin; executive chairman Eric Schmidt; Rubin; the current managing director Sundar Pichai, former director of human resources Laszlo Bock; chief legal David Drummond; former executive Amit Singhal; and other.
The charges include the violation of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, abuse of power and corporate waste.
Two other plaintiffs, the Northern California Pipe Trades Pension Plan and the Teamsters Local 272 Fund for Labor Management, filed a separate complaint making similar charges.
Google declined to comment.