November 29, 2017
Android creator Andy Rubin, CEO and founder of Essential Products, is taking a leave of absence from his company for “personal reasons” that are linked to his departure from Google three years ago, according to The Information.
The report, according to The Information, indicated Rubin made his exit from Google not long after an investigation determined he had had an “inappropriate relationship” with a woman who worked under him. The probe, sources told the publication, was launched after the woman involved filed a complaint with Google’s human relations department.
She apparently worked in Rubin’s Android division, which, according to Google policy, makes anything other than a working relationship a big no-no. An employee can only be in a relationship with another worker if they work in different departments.
Just what the relationship between Rubin and the unnamed woman entailed was not revealed in the report.
A spokesman for Essential Products, however, has denied any wrongdoing on Rubin’s part.
“Any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual,” spokesman Mike Sitrick told The Information. “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.”
Rubin’s leave of absence was, apparently, in response to Sitrick being contacted to comment on the article The Information planned to publish.