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Two Google-squad after a sexual harassment 135 million

Only thanks to a shareholder lawsuit since this week, how much Google the departure of Andy Rubin and Amit Singhal in costs, and how crucial the role of the company founder, Larry Page .

ruby, the developer of the Android Software, forced an employee to Sex and was found in an internal investigation, guilty. Nevertheless, Google's leadership agreed to a 90 million Dollar sweetened finish. The forced resignation of Singhal, chief of Google search engine, should be paid for with $ 45 million, though he, too, had harassed employees sexually. In both cases, waved to the Board of Directors, the princely compensation without protest.

The backgrounds of the two Demissionen tried to cover up Google, in the before the highest California court filed a shareholder lawsuit. The plaintiffs are suing the company the abuse of power, lack of due diligence, as well as unfair enrichment.

to report The required compensation in the unnamed height of walls, the shareholders with a statement from a Google employee: "If Google covered up the abuses, the company creates an environment in which employees do not dare, Assault. You name it, nothing's going to happen – or worse, that men's compensation and women can be pushed to the side."

Already in the late autumn, it came to protests: Protesters of women at the beginning of November in the Silicon Valley. Photo: Jeenah Moon (Reuters)

The abuses were revealed last fall by the New York Times in part, without the backgrounds, and the sum of 135 million dollars to the perpetrators would have known. The circumstances provoked the biggest rally in a Tech company in Silicon Valley with 20'000 protesters. Google promised to improve.

Whether Google has covered up more scandals, remains therefore open. After all, the shareholder indicates action additional previous cases, without, however, Details.

consulting agreement and options

How easy is the Google leadership took the actions, it shows the file in ruby. The company is offering the Android-the father a consulting contract over 650'000 dollars plus bonuses in the double-height, so he could devote himself to his passion for robotics, he hesitated. After a Meeting with Larry Page, he rejected the offer. Then, Page offered him a 150 million Dollar options package on Google shares, and only eight days later, the Board of Directors agreed to the sweetened finish.

The sum of 90 million, was only possible because ruby was able to negotiate the compensation, having regard to the options package. This allowed for a festive retreat: "I wish Andy the Best for the future," said Page at the time, "he has created with Android something truly Remarkable with a billion happy users." About the reasons of the departure not a word.

48 other employees

released, Less elegantly the case for Sinhala. Google introduced a Severance payment of 45 million, paid but only $ 15 million, since he took after his resignation a management position at Uber . The rest fell down-payment of 30 million. The public outrage Singhal, however, forced at Uber to the finish. Google has released its own information, since then, 48 other employees because of sexual abuse, including 13 Manager – and this without compensation.

as easily as in the case of Google, the Cover-up was elsewhere. Les Moonves had to give up last September, the leadership of the TV channel CBS, after several employees had complained because of repeated sexual Assaults and threats. Moonves believed themselves irreplaceable, tried to hinder the investigation, and insisted, finally, to a Severance payment of $ 120 million – even though he had, thanks to generous bonuses with assets of more than 800 million, amassed. In this case, the Board of Directors stood firm and rejected the request. According to the lawyer of the victims destroyed Moonves evidence, which is why it is still uncertain whether and how much restitution to the women.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 13.03.2019, 09:10 PM

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