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Andy Rubin Left Google After 'Inappropriate Relationship'

01 December, 2017, 04:39 | Author: Abraham Jackson
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The site reports that Rubin left Google after a woman made a complaint to HR detailing her relationship with the executive.

The alleged misconduct happened before 2013, while Rubin was working with the employee in question in the Android department.

Rubin, who now runs the smartphone hardware startup Essential, asked to take a leave of absence this month to address personal matters, Shari Doherty, an Essential spokeswoman said. Now, 3 years later, the story should be done and buried, but since it popped up at a time when celebrity misconduct stories are running rampant and fueling an ever-spinning outrage machine, it seems Mr. Rubin chose to stay safe and keep his head low. Rubin's case, however, stems from a relationship between a manager and subordinate, which violates Google's policy.

The Information reported that after it reached out to Rubin's spokesman for comment on the story, employees at the startup were informed that Rubin was taking a leave of absence "for personal reasons".

An investigation launched into the matter found that Rubin's relationship "was improper and showed bad judgement".

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Rubin reportedly told staff of his pending absence on Monday after The Information reported he abruptly left Google in 2014 due to an inquiry on the aforementioned relationship.

At the time of his exit, Rubin was heading Google's newly formed robotics division, a wing that failed to pick up much steam in spite of numerous high-profile acquisitions.

Andy Rubin is best known as the "father" of Android, the mobile operating system that would make Google the biggest smartphone player in the world. Rubin reportedly left shortly after the probe.

There is no telling how long Rubin will be absent from Essential.

IT Pro contacted Google and Essential for comment, but hadn't received a response at the time of publication. According to multiple reports, his departure coincided with the start of Google's investigation.

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