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Google Admits Firing 48 Employees For Sexual Misconduct

Google CEO Sundar Pichai admitted in an email to employees that Google terminated 48 employees for sexual misconduct over the last two years, in response to allegations from The New York Times’ that the company paid Andy Rubin a $90 million payout after asking him to resign amid allegations.

Pichai sent an email to all Google employees Thursday informing the employees that the company had fired 48 people over the last two years for sexual harassment.

Of those 48 people, 13 were “senior managers and above” and he explicitly stated that none of them received an exit package on their termination. “None of these individuals received an exit package.”

Andy Rubin

Andy Rubin

Apparently, before that policy started, payouts were indeed given. The New York Times reported that not only did Google protect and shield many of their top executives accused of sexual misconduct, Andy Rubin, known as the “father of Android”, received an exit package worth $90 million (AU$127 million) as he faced allegations, which were hushed up by the tech giant.

The email response to the Times story did not refute any of its claims but did attempt to explain how the company had changed its ways in relation to harassment claims.

It was signed by Pichai and Eileen Naughton, Google’s vice president of people operations. You can read the email over at CNBC’s website.

In the email, Pichai and Naughton claim they are “dead serious” about providing a “safe and inclusive workplace” and assure employees that they “review every single complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct.”

Sundar Pichai, Google CEO

They claim that the company has made several changes in recent years, including an “increasingly hard line on inappropriate conduct by people in positions of authority”

The New York Times cited court documents and interviews while reporting that Mr Rubin was one of three senior executives that Google has shielded in the past decade after complaints of inappropriate sexual behaviour.

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