When Android creator Andy Rubin left Google four years ago, Google co-founder Larry Page was generous with his praise. Now a new report claims the tech giant was generous in 90 million other ways, in the form of a $90 million exit package awarded to Rubin despite the fact he was accused of sexual misconduct.
The Times story also mentioned a couple of other instances in which prominent Google executives received either exit packages or a pass after allegations of sexual misconduct, a damning report in the light of the “Me Too” movement and in the aftermath of sexual-harassment scandals that have brought down many a tech executive — and other people in power at other industries.
Thursday night, Rubin responded publicly to the New York Times story, which included the claim that he “coerced” a woman with whom he was having an extramarital relationship to perform oral sex on him in a hotel room in 2013.
Rubin said in a two-part tweet: “The New York Times story contains numerous inaccuracies about my employment at Google and wild exaggerations about my compensation. Specifically, I never coerced a woman to have sex in a hotel room. These false allegations are part of a smear campaign to disparage me during a divorce and custody battle. Also, I am deeply troubled that anonymous Google executives are commenting about my personnel file and misrepresenting the facts.”
When reached Thursday, a Google spokesperson would not comment specifically on Rubin’s reported exit package, but did send a copy of the email Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent to the company’s employees after the Times story’s publication.
In the letter, Pichai said the story was “difficult to read,” and that the company is “dead serious” about the issue. He disclosed that the company has fired 48 people over sexual harassment in the past …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Business