Previous year it emerged that Andy Rubin, the creator of the Android operating system had been given $90m to leave in 2014, despite Google concluding that sexual harassment allegations from another employee were credible.
Among the defendants named in the lawsuit by shareholder James Martin are Google's co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as well as former CEO Eric Schmidt, who were all on the board's audit and compensation committees that approved the payouts.
In October, a report from the "New York Times, had shaken" the group, according to the Google held a protective Hand over leaders, sexual harassment or assault has been accused of.
Another day, another anti-Google lawsuit - this time over claims Alphabet, adtech monolith Google's holding company, "failed to take meaningful steps to address a pervasive culture of harassment and discrimination".
Both of the lawsuits seek to force Google to change its governance and oversight to stop future workplace conduct issues. This means that by giving these payouts to those executives whose sexual harassment allegations were considered credible (instead of disciplining them appropriately), Google showed it was more interested in protecting its public image than it was securing its investors' rights and managing the company and its assets appropriately. "In this way, Alphabet and the Board were able to maintain optics and superficial compliance with its code of conduct, internal rules, and laws regarding sexual harassment".
Another suit, filed on behalf of the Northern California Pipe Trades Pension Plan and Teamsters Local 272 Labor Management Pension Fund, made similar claims.
"If you were a high‐level male executive at Google responsible for generating millions of dollars in revenue, Google would let you engage in sexual harassment". Despite finding the allegation credible, Google allowed his resignation with a $90m exit package.
Rubin and Singhal have denied the allegations.
Rubin's lawyer Ellen Winick Stross said the lawsuit does not accurately describe Rubin's departure from Google.
In the civil complaint, Martin and his lawyers also accused Google of an egregious double-standard, echoing a complaint raised by frustrated workers who led and participated in a massive worldwide walkout late previous year.
Frank Bottini, an attorney representing one shareholder, said the lawsuit wanted to prompt action at the highest level in Alphabet.