The Wall Street Journal: New details of ex-Google execs’ sexual misconduct accusations, payouts

Google agreed to pay $ 135 million in exit packages to two top executives who left the company after being accused of sexual harassment and covered up the reasons for their departures, according to a complaint filed in a lawsuit unsealed Monday.

The former executives, Andy Rubin and Amit Singhal, oversaw some of the company’s most important and profitable arms. Rubin, who left in 2014, created the company’s crucial Android software, while Singhal, who departed in 2016, headed search.

Rubin was accused by a subordinate of pressuring her into oral sex, among other claims, according to the lawsuit. Singhal was accused by a female employee of groping her at a “boozy off-site event,” according to the suit. The board of directors of Google’s parent, now called Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, +2.55% GOOG, +2.93%  , approved the payments with little dissent, according to the lawsuit.

The complaint, which cites information from Google, says the company agreed to pay Singhal about $ 45 million, the first time that number has been made public. It only ended up paying $ 15 million because Singhal later joined a competitor. The former executives didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. The New York Times last year reported the amount of some payouts, including $ 90 million to Rubin.

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