Google’s parent company alphabet has settled a shareholder lawsuit in which shareholders accused executives such as David Drummond, the former chief legal officer of alphabet, for improper handling and concealment of improper sexual behavior. Under the settlement, alphabet will remove mandatory arbitration, restrict Google’s use of confidentiality agreements, and prohibit Google from “offering severance payments to any employee, including an executive, who has been fired because of sexual harassment, improper sexual behavior, or retaliation.”. < p > < p > last year, the alphabet board set up a “special litigation committee” of independent directors to investigate the charges. < / P > < p > according to the summary of the settlement agreement provided by the plaintiff’s lawyer, alphabet executives will not be able to receive severance pay or modify their stock sales plan during the period of investigation or prosecution for improper sexual behavior. The agreement also includes a $310 million commitment to fund and create a diverse, impartial and inclusive Advisory Committee of outside experts. In announcing the settlement, Eileen Naughton, Google’s head of human operations, said the company was committed to five new guidelines and a series of reform rules. < / P > < p > in early 2019, a shareholder of alphabet filed a lawsuit against the company’s board of directors through a lawyer, claiming that it protected senior executives from charges of improper sexual conduct, claiming that they violated fiduciary duties, abused control, improperly profited and wasted company assets. Google found that the charges of improper sexual behavior against Andy Rubin, the head of Android, were credible and asked him to resign, but agreed to pay him $90 million in severance payments, triggering a worldwide strike and prompting the company to revise some of its policies on sexual misconduct in 2018. < p > < p > subsequently, the alphabet board of directors set up a special litigation committee last year to hire cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, to investigate the improper sexual behavior of senior executives, including Drummond, one of the top paid executives at that time. In January, Drummond retired from alphabet. Apple extends AppleCare + purchase period: users can decide within 60 days