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Alphabet board sued for cover-up

Two shareholder lawsuits filed this week accused the board of Google parent Alphabet of playing a direct role in covering up sexual misconduct claims against two former executives over the last five years.

Fred Katayama reports.

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Alphabet board sued for cover-up

Shareholders of Google parent, Alphabet, filed two lawsuits this week.

Both accuse the company's board of covering up sexual misconduct claims against two former executives over the last five years.

The plaintiffs also want Google to change its governance and oversight.

Technology lawyer Mark Grossman: (SOUNDBITE) (English) TECHNOLOGY LAWYER MARK GROSSMAN, SAYING: "You have a couple of different things going here.

You've got morality and ethics.

Morality and ethics say that the conduct underlying the settlement agreement, the conduct of these executives, was horrific, absolutely unacceptable, but then it gets more complex because, when I wear my lawyer hat, and you start thinking in terms of agreements, you start thinking about conflicting versions of what might be good for the company.

Ethics morality may not win the day." In October last year, The New York Times reported that Google gave a $90 million exit package to one of its executives, Andy Rubin, who was accused of sexual misconduct.

That sparked demonstrations by Google employees around the world.

Rubin and another former Google executive named in the shareholder lawsuits, Amit Singhal, denied the allegations.

The company's chief executive Sundar Pichai apologized for past handling of sexual misconduct cases and vowed to improve practices.



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