NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The board of Goldman Sachs ( GS) rejected demands from several shareholders related to compensation matters, the firm disclosed in a more than 200-page 10-K filing Monday.
Lloyd Blankfein
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein

Among other things, shareholders demanded the "board of directors investigate compensation awards over recent years, take steps to recoup alleged excessive compensation, and adopt certain reforms," the filing stated, adding "after considering the demand letters, Group Inc.'s board of directors rejected the demands."

Though Goldman has outperformed many competitors, including Morgan Stanley ( MS), Citigroup ( C) and Bank of America ( BAC) through the crisis, it has drawn fire from many members of Congress and the public who say the bank benefited from preferential treatment, for example, when it received billions of dollars in payments as part of the government's bailout of AIG ( AIG).

Goldman has taken steps to defuse the criticism, for example when it paid CEO Lloyd Blankfein (pictured above) his compensation of $9 million for 2009 entirely in stock. That figure was about half the amount pulled down by his JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) counterpart Jamie Dimon, even though Goldman earned about 10 times as much on a per share basis.

Goldman also made the smallest payouts relative to revenue in the company's history in 2009, according to The Wall Street Journal.

-- Written by Dan Freed in New York.