A New York Times investigation revealed that Google gave Android creator Andy Rubin a $90 million financial deal despite multiple relationships he had with Google workers. Because of this, and because of accusations of inappropriate sexual behaviour, some 200 employees of the search giant are planning a strike, according to BuzzFeed News.
We have contacted Google for more information.
The strike, or “women’s walk,” as mentioned in the company’s internal forums, is scheduled for Thursday.
Following the NYT report, Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai along with the vice president of personnel operations, Eileen Naughton, signed a memorandum of the company in which he admitted that 48 people had been fired at the company for sexual harassment in the last two years, 13 of which held a senior or senior management position. None of them, according to the note, received a financial agreement.
“Today’s story in the New York Times was hard to read,” they wrote. “We take it very seriously to ensure that we provide a safe and inclusive workplace. We want to assure you that we review all complaints about sexual harassment or inappropriate behaviour, investigate and take action. ”
Rubin left Google in 2014 after an internal investigation found that the allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour against him were true. The details of his departure, however, were never disclosed. It was not until The Information published its own report on Rubin’s bad actions last fall that the details of the sexual harassment story began to emerge. Following the story of The Information, Rubin said goodbye to Essential to “discuss personal matters.”
After leaving Google, Rubin founded Essential Products, a smartphone company that raised venture capital funds just to cancel the development of its next phone, laid off 30 percent of its staff and reportedly went on sale.