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Alphabet directors face lawsuits for alleged sexual misconduct cover-up

Alphabet Inc.'s directors are facing a number of lawsuits for allowing Andy Rubin to resign with a $90 million exit pay and for allegedly covering up the Android mobile software creator's sexual misconduct, Bloomberg News reported.

One of the suits tackles how co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin purportedly allowed Rubin to "quietly resign" despite an internal investigation which reveals "credible" findings related to the sexual harassment allegations.

Other defendants in the suit include venture capitalist John Doerr, investor Ram Shriram and Alphabet Chief Legal Officer David Drummond.

Ellen Winick Stross, Rubin's lawyer, said Rubin left voluntarily and dismisses the allegations of misconduct, according to the report.

Google Walkout for Real Change, a group of Google LLC employees who participated in a walkout following news about Rubin's alleged sexual harassment, supported the move by the shareholders.

Rubin left Google in 2014. However, The New York Times in October 2018 reported Rubin's alleged sexual misconduct and the compensation he received upon his exit.

In response, Rubin said the "allegations are part of a smear campaign."

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company has fired 48 people in the last two years over claims of sexual harassment, including 13 who were senior managers and above, and that none of these individuals were offered an exit package.