Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Android creator Andy Rubin left Google over an inappropriate workplace relationship

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Mandy Jefferson | 01 December, 2017, 04:58

According to The Verge, which has quoted The Information, while at Google, Rubin was involved with a subordinate female employee, a relationship which she deemed inappropriate and apparently complained to Google's HR department about. The employee was said to be working for the company's Android division while Rubin was still in charge - a relationship prohibited by Google's rulebook. Andy Rubin is the next in the headlines, and he's officially taking a leave of absence from Essential after some new accusations. "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". Not that he was accused of harassment but there is a policy against such relationships between supervisors and subordinates at Google.

Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android, has taken a leave of absence from phone maker Essential amid reports he had an inappropriate relationship with a Google employee when he worked there. That investigation, according to The Information, concluded that "Rubin's behavior was improper and showed bad judgement".

No one is saying what that relationship was and Rubin's spokesperson Mike Sitrick said that any relationship that Rubin had while at Google was consensual.

Rubin left Google in 2014 and founded Essential in 2015 to create smartphones to rival Google's Pixel and Apple's iPhone. A human resources complaint by the woman prompted Google's action, the report said.

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When Rubin left Google, he made no mention of an investigation or allegations of an inappropriate relationship.

The leave of absence comes at a time when Essential is still struggling to gain a foothold in the smartphone market with consumers.

Then again, most of Essential's recent problems could've been avoided without Rubin. Singhal's exit also came as a surprise as he left quickly after the investigation started, noted a report from India Today Tech.

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