Reed Albergotti, reporting for The Information:
Andy Rubin, the creator of Android and a key executive at Google
Inc. for nine years, left the company in 2014 shortly after an
internal investigation determined that he had carried on an
inappropriate relationship with a subordinate, The Information has
Mr. Rubin has taken a leave of absence from his new smartphone
startup, Essential, for personal reasons, the firm’s employees
were told on Monday. The Information had earlier contacted Mr.
Rubin’s spokesman for this story.
That doesn’t sound suspicious at all.
Like many companies, Google has a policy that prohibits
supervisors from having a relationship with a subordinate. Any
manager entering into such a relationship has to report it to the
company, which will move one of the two to a different department.
The woman who made the complaint worked in Google’s Android
division while Mr. Rubin ran it, The Information has confirmed.
Mike Sitrick, a spokesman for Mr. Rubin, denied that Mr. Rubin had
done anything wrong or that his departure from Google was related
to the complaint and investigation.
“Any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was
consensual,” Mr. Sitrick said, and did not involve any person who
reported directly to him. “Mr. Rubin was never told by Google that
he engaged in any misconduct while at Google and he did not,
either while at Google or since.”
Here’s a report from The Verge, for those who aren’t Information subscribers.
★ Wednesday, 29 November 2017