In a recent letter to employees, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said that the firm was taking a hard stand against sexual harassment complaints within its premises and had sacked 48 people within a span of 2 years that includes 13 senior managers. This letter was sent by Sundar in response to a report in New York Times that Android creator Andy Rubin who had been forced to quit Google in 2014 due to misconduct allegations had received $90 million exit package though Mr. Rubin denied the allegations as unfounded.
Mr. Rubin’s spokesperson Sam Singer has stated that the Android creator left the firm in 2014 to join a venture capital firm called Playground and was given a hero’s farewell during departure. Mr. Pichai said that the New York Times report was painful to read as the firm was very serious about providing a safe and inclusive work environment for its employees. He assured employees in the letter that the firm reviews each and every sexual discrimination complaint and takes appropriate action after investigating each case thoroughly. He was firm in the declaration that none of the employees that had been dismissed on grounds of sexual harassment had been given an exit package.
According to the NYT report two anonymous executives of Google had told the newspaper that Mr. Rubin had been asked to leave by Google’s previous CEO Larry Page when the firm confirmed the validity of a sexual harassment complaint against him at a hotel room in 2013 by one of its female employees. But this incident has not been publicly accepted by Google and Mr. Rubin declared that he left the company to meet his career goals. Shares of Alphabet that owns Google fell by 3 percent in NYSE after it reported third quarter revenue of $ 33.7 billion which was less than estimated.