According to an e-mail from the Managing Director of Google, Sundar Pichai, as of 2016, 48 employees were dismissed, including 13 managers for sexual misconduct. The email was in response to a New York Times report that said the tech giant would cover a handful of executives. In this report, the New York Times also claimed that Andy Rubin, creator of the Android operating system that works on most of the world’s smartphones, received a $ 90 million exit package from Google as he was involved in multiple charges of harassment.

The report also states that Google has done everything to silence the prosecutors. The New York Times article also quoted a statement by Rubin’s ex-wife, Rie, who explained how, during their marriage, he claimed “ownership” over women. A spokesman for Rubin denied the allegations, but circulated a screenshot of an alleged e-mail from the Android creator sent to one of the victims of harassment in which he says: ” It’s as if I were my property and you could lend to other people “.

The provisions of Pichai

In recent years, we have made a number of changes, including the assumption of an increasingly stringent line for inappropriate behavior by people in positions of authority, ” Pichai said in the letter. The CEO has listed initiatives such as “Respect @“, an annual report on internal investigations and confidential channels to report misconduct. Pichai also claimed that none of the 48 dismissed employees, of whom he did not mention the names, received exit packages.

It is noted that the famous “Do not be evil” clause, contained in the internal code of conduct of Google, was removed around the beginning of May.


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