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.
Both accuse the company’s board of covering up sexual misconduct claims against two former executives over the last five years.
“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.”
The company’s chief executive Sundar Pichai apologized for past handling of sexual misconduct cases and vowed to improve practices.