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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his private investment arm, Vulcan, have been sued by four former security guards at the company over allegations of unethical behavior. Also named in the suit is Allen’s sister, Jody Allen.

Levi Pulkkinen at SeattlePI.com has a detailed report on the suit, filed in King County Superior Court. The former security guards describe a “hostile” work environment which compromised the ethics of the plaintiffs.

Vulcan spokesman David Postman declined to comment on the allegations when contacted by GeekWire today. In court documents, lawyers for Vulcan denied the allegations.

The PI reports that the suit was filed by the former head of Allen’s security detail, a former FBI agent, and three other former members of the security team.

Pulkkinen reports:

Only vague allegations of wrongdoing were made in the lawsuits filed by Leodler and Benoit, in part, according to court documents, because of concerns about confidentiality agreements signed by the plaintiffs.

Nonetheless, in documents provided to the court by Vulcan and Pearson, the two other former employees contend they left the company because of ethical concerns about the conduct of executives there.

Full story here.

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