Google CEO Sundar Pichai sought to reassure employees of the internet giant after a New York Times report said a former top executive was paid millions of dollars when he left following allegations of harassment and sexual misconduct.
In the past two years, 48 people have been terminated for sexual harassment, including 13 who were senior managers and above, Pichai and Eileen Naughton, vice president of people operations, wrote in an email to staff. None of these individuals received an exit package, they added.
A Google employee accused Android chief Andy Rubin of coercing her into performing oral sex in a hotel room in 2013, the New York Times reported on Thursday. Google investigated, concluded her claim was credible, and asked Rubin to resign. The company could have fired Rubin and paid him little to nothing, but instead, it paid him a $90 million exit package and didn’t say anything publicly, the newspaper reported.
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