The New York Times has published a story suggesting that Google protects executives accused of sexual harassment. In response, the company's CEO said the tech giant is cracking down on all employees who have experienced sexual misconduct.
Does Google do enough to end sexual harassment in the workplace?
On Thursday The New York Times published a story claiming Google paid $ 90 million to Android founder Andy Rubin in its exit package ̵
The report goes on to paint a picture of Google protecting executives who are charged with sexual harassment. Amit Singhal, a former head of Google Search, also received a million-dollar exit package after resigning for allegations he'd tracked down.
Google does not dispute all claims in the report. On Thursday, Company President Sundar Pichai and Company Vice President Eileen Naughton sent an e-mail to co-workers saying, "Today's story in the New York Times was hard to read."
Pichai and Naughton We quickly added that Google is "dead serious" about making the company a "safe and inclusive workplace".
The e-mail PCMag received from a corporate spokesman outlines Google's recent efforts to end sexual misconduct. 19659011] In the past two years, Google has dismissed 48 employees for sexual harassment. Thirteen of the employees were executives or more and none of them received an exit package.
"We want to assure you that we review, investigate, and act on every single complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior," the email states. An updated Google policy also requires Vice Presidents and Senior Vice Presidents to disclose relationships with colleagues, regardless of the "reporting line or the presence of conflicts".
All this says that Singhal and Rubin are not mentioned in the email that Google left over two years ago. The New York Times report suggests that Google Rubin paid the huge exit package to prevent him from working on a competitor or downgrading the company through an illegal termination clause.
Sam Singer, a Rubin spokesman, said The New York Times that the Android founder left Google on his own and was not sexually abused during his time at the firm.