Despite claims of sexual misconduct, Andy Rubin was allowed to leave Google with $90 million

Despite claims of sexual misconduct, Andy Rubin was allowed to leave Google with $90 million
You might recall that last November, Android creator Andy Rubin, took a leave of absence from Essential. Rubin, who founded the company behind the Essential Phone, allegedly left his latest project due to a brewing scandal involving an "inappropriate relationship" that he reportedly had with a female colleague back when he was employed by Google. In 2014, Rubin left Google to start "an incubator for startups interested in building technology-hardware products." But it seems that behind the scene, much more was going on.

Today's New York Times goes into more depth over Rubin's departure from Google almost four years ago. The paper says that what Google didn't reveal at the time was that the executive was having an extramarital relationship with a co-worker, who claimed that Rubin "coerced her" into performing oral sex in a hotel room in 2013. Google investigated the charges and found them to be credible, according to sources who requested anonymity because of signed confidentiality agreements. Google CEO at the time, company co-founder Larry Page, requested a resignation letter from Rubin.

While Google could have used the incident to fire Rubin and withhold any large exit payment, the company let him resign and gave Rubin $90 million payable over 48 months. The November payment will be the last one Google makes under terms of Rubin's departure from the company. Google did make a multi-million investment in his next project. A spokesman for Rubin says that "any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual and did not involve any person who reported directly to him."

The Times says that Rubin was one of three Google executives accused of sexual misconduct who were protected by the company. Two unknown senior executives were let go, but Google paid them each millions of dollars even though it was not legally required to do so. And just as we were putting together this article, Google announced that over the last two years it has fired 48 people, including 13 senior managers, over claims of sexual harassment. This seems to dovetail with the Times piece, which mentions a number of intra-company relationships that took place at Google, including a consensual extramarital affair that co-founder Sergey Brin was said to have taken part in.

Google's vice president for people operation, Eileen Naughton, released a statement saying that Google has taken a hard line on inappropriate conduct.

source: NYTimes



1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1830; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Glad google takes action and does something to stop the bull from happening.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Mean while Trump's sexual misconduct just got swept under the rug.

15. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

This is Alan Friedman article again. It figures, because any time Alan can show his hate for anything Android, or Google, then he loves to do it.

2. Michlins

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 31, 2017

Sad Google. Truly sad that you abet sexual abuses

3. izim1

Posts: 1607; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Google should've hired you as their lawyer, because apparently you and the NYtimes reporter, know more than the team of millionaire corporate lawyers that they employ. Guess their fancy lawyers falsely believed that unsubstantiated claims, regardless of their credibility, arent enough to legally dissolve multimillion dollar contracts without a payout, so they wrongly assumed that just buying out the contracts of these people for millions of dollars and ending their relationship with them, was going to be the best course of action... guess they missed law school on the day that they taught that an accusation should be more than enough to terminate contracts, right?

4. cozze02

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

The guy was one of the main creators of Android, I think a payout is necessary no matter what the circumstances are

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah, He made Billion dollar indutries running right now.

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6. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Disgusting. What is it with the culture of Google/Samsung (notice my profile pic) that fosters such depravity at high levels?

7. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1347; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

These days women claim sexual harassment if a guy they don't like at their workplace tries to flirt with them. They say the same thing if they actually like the guy and the relationship doesn't work out. I honestly think that at least someone of these accusations are greatly exaggerated or mostly false.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Did you actually read the source article or not? I’m guessing not.

9. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

@NarutoKage14 : I have never heard of a woman do either of those things. When women do bring sexual harassment charges up, try taking it more seriously than thinking they're making it up. There was the problem of men and women never reporting sexual harassment (or abuse), so the next time your female co-workers report anyone for sexual harassment just trying thinking there is more than a small chance they're being honest about it. I think it's BS these people made millions of dollars over sexual harassment charges while employed with Google. This doesn't teach anyone anything, especially those stills employed at Google, when they walk away with their wallets full. IDK the legal standpoint of firing people, but from the outside looking in it's f**ked up to pay people to leave cause of it

10. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

You give people you dont know, too much credit.

11. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Just because you didn't hear of it, doesn't mean it doesn't happen. After all, if a tree falls down in the forest, does it still make noise, just because you wasn"t there to hear it? Yes it does!!!! I've witness cases of it. It happens. If a women would accuse a man of murdering her children, then rape wouldn't be any harder. For one, it's so easy to fake. And um, there have been many black men recently released from prison, where women did falsely accuse them of rape. In fact, one women admitted to the fact she knew he didn't rape her, and she accused him of it anyways.

12. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Here is an example for you How about the chick who accused Kobe of raping her???? you didnt hear that story? How old are you? Because everyone alive who is at least 12 years old should know that story. Please be real.

17. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

" have never heard of a woman do either of those things" Well you really need to stop being the snowflake / SJW type and live in the real world. A really good friend of mine had a one night stand with woman who went on to cry rape. He was remanded in prison, lost his job and family and friends, he was in prison for 6 months before his trial and it turned out this woman had done this twice before and her best friend even testified against her in court. Even though he was cleared his life was ruined just because he wanted nothing more to do with an obsessive female after a night of consenting fun.

16. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

“After all, if a tree falls down in the forest, does it still make noise, just because you wasn"t there to hear it? Yes it does!!!! I've witness cases of it. It happens.” No, a tree falling in the forest will not make any sounds, just vibrations, and vibrations don’t convert to sound until they (vibrations) strike an eardrum.

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