Google employees upset that the company "protected" Andy Rubin

Google employees upset that the company
Last week, we told you about a report in the New York Times that discussed how Android creator Andy Rubin was allowed to leave Google on his own terms despite a report of sexual misconduct that the company found credible. Not only did Google not fire Rubin, they paid him $90 million to walk away. And the Times story mentioned that over the last ten tears, two other executives also had their sexual escapades covered up by the company.

Apparently, this news has not gone over well with Google employees. A story in Gizmodo states that executives of the search giant held a meeting with employees on Thursday, and one letter reportedly displayed at the gathering read, "Multiple company actions strongly indicate that protection of powerful abusers is literally and figuratively more valuable to the company than the well-being of their victims. What concrete and meaningful actions will be taken to turn this around?"

Some Google employees took to Twitter to vent their frustrations, including interaction designer Sanette Tanaka Sloan who wrote in a tweet that "We can do so much better." She also said that the way Google handled the situation with Rubin and the two other executives is "crushing."


The criticism from inside Google dovetails with the Times' initial report which noted that "nowhere was condemnation of the internet giant’s actions more pointed than among its own employees." Rubin continues to deny what he calls "false allegations."

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25 Comments

1. monkeyb

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Cant even imagine if these were executives from Apple. The haters in this site would be talking about it for years to come. Also isnt this the same guy who copied ios to boot. Google needs to give a statement about his exit and alleged payoff.

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6785; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Apple has had their share of sexual abuse claims...it's been reported here. But yeah you're right...give us an excuse to bash apple and we'll jump on it...yes sir!!

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Not "executives from Apple".

16. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

This is another Alan Friedman article. He has to get his daily bashing and hate on of anything in regards to Android and Google.

19. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Andy Rubin could have forced lyndon420’s mother to give him a blow job, and still lyndon420 would find a way to blame Apple.

20. TechNeck

Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

You are undeniably giving Apple users a bad name. You really need to chill with the infantile banter.

21. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Same way if Tim Cook forced your dad to give him a blow job, you'd still find a way to blame Google.

22. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1258; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Haha... BURN... Good shot NoToFanboys

18. sissy246

Posts: 7110; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You mean they would be doing exactly what you are doing, talking about Google/android. Google haters will be talking about this for years. Works both ways.

2. Shazam777

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 08, 2018

Another day, another sexual harassment that may or may not be completely false. Good times!

4. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Yeah..I bet 99.99% of those reported (about famous people) everyday a false.

6. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

He never said they were false claims. But he is alluding to the fact, many if them are fakse. After all, a women killed 7 if her husdands and almost killed an 8th. A woman accused a man of murdering her 5 children, when she actually did it. You think women haven't lied about assualts? Just because most if them may actually be true, certainly doesnt take away from many being false. Google already stated as the article say, the claims had credibility. They chose to handle it the way they wanted and they have a right to do so, even if the employees or we agree with it or not. All companies are ceooks, in one way or another. But its funny, how Apppe.is alreadybdoijg illegal and criminals things, like not paying for stuff they agree Rooney for an are benefiting from to the tune of $7B.

24. yalokiy

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

What exactly did google say about it? Do you confuse NY Times fantasy with what actually was stated by google?

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

What did you expect Google to do? Make a jail and throw Rubin in it? And technically he didn't work for Google, so they can't just "fire" him, He left since 2014 to do another projects (including essential phone).

7. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

According to what they said, when he left to start another company, the actually reason he left was covered over by this. Didnt you read the info online?

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Leaving the company won't cover anything. This woman still can sue Him whenever she want, and if court proves He did something wrong, Google can't do anything to defend Him.

8. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Surprised PA hasn't disabled comments...

9. Cat97

Posts: 1890; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Surprised that PA stands by its posted articles and encourages free debate and speech ?

14. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Okay, fine, but consider this: PA disabled comments on an article about budget phones...but it enables comments on an article about sexual misconduct claims.

10. Cat97

Posts: 1890; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Until a court proves that Andy Rubin did something wrong, the man is innocent. We cannot continue to ruin lives by just accepting only one side of a story. The Internet gossip should not become a court of law. That Google woman employee should be fair and not accept only one side of the story, because some day it could happen to her. If something was wrong, a neutral third party should decide on this. The man is innocent until proven quilty.

11. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

With the way the US legal system works, you always fire first then watch what rises out of the ashes.

15. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Can't wait to see The Trump Organization fire Donald Trump.

17. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Innocent until prove guilty. Court need evidence not empty talk.

23. mootu

Posts: 1517; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

You are all talking as though Andy Ruben forced this woman into something. He had an affair with the woman, the story isn't new and has been around for a couple of years. It's classed as sexual misconduct because under Googles rules a person in a managerial position cannot have a relationship with a lesser ranked employee. There will be no court case as no one actually did anything illegal. they just broke company rules but as usual the internet and media are judge, jury and executioner.

25. collin3000

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

Although a person being in a position of power over someone could be sexual harassment if other reports are accurate then she wasn't in the same division. If they had straight fired and stated that he sexually harassed then they likely would have been sued (and he'd have won) more than 90 million.

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