#Metoo: Google sacks dozens for sexual misconduct

Founder and CEO of Essential Products Andy Rubin speaks onstage at WIRED Business Conference at Spring Studios

Rubin, who was known as "the father of Android" for creating the Android system for mobile phones, was investigated by Google for being involved in "inappropriate relationship" with a female subordinate, and was forced to resign and leave.

The email - which PCMag obtained through a company spokesperson - gives a rundown of Google's recent efforts to stop sexual misconduct. He added that Rubin "did not engage, nor has he ever been told of any misconduct at Google or anywhere else". The paper also reported other instances when Google protected executives who had been accused of sexual misconduct, or ousted alleged offenders but softened the blow by paying them millions of dollars as they departed. The email did not make any direct allusions to the allegations made against Rubin.

The report paints a picture of Google protecting senior executives accused of sexual harassment.

Around that time, Mr. Rubin was casually seeing another woman he knew from Android, according to two company executives briefed on the relationship.

It is worth noting that the employee who brought forth the allegations had been in an extramarital relationship with Rubin according to the sources. The company docked off his bonus when bondage sex videos were found on his work computer.

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However, Rubin has refuted the allegations by claiming that he left Google on his own as he is about to launch a venture capital firm and technology incubator Playground. In a statement, Rubin said that the NYT story grossly over-exaggerates the compensation offered to him. The Android co-founder has denied that he coerced the woman into having sex. None of those who had their contracts terminated "received an exit package". One is still employed in the company.

The Times also detailed Google's rules on workplace relationships, and other ways in which it has struggled to enforce them fairly. One of the executives, David Drummond, has remained at the company and is now chief legal officer of Google's parent company Alphabet ($GOOGL). Drummond's career, meanwhile, accelerated.

"I want to wish Andy all the best with what's next". She relented to a neck rub because, "I didn't have enough spine or backbone to shut that down as a 24-year-old", she said.

Prodded by the public complaints of a former female engineer, Uber a year ago conducted an internal investigation that it had fostered an environment that allowed rampant sexual harassment. In a statement to the Times, he apologized for an "error of judgment".

In another case, Amit Singhal, a senior VP at the company, allegedly groped an employee at an event. She filed a sexual misconduct claim in 2014, which led to an internal investigation.

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