Google says it has fired 48 employees for sexual harassment during the past two years and sent them away without a severance package.-
- Google has fired 48 employees over the last two years for sexual misconduct, the company’s CEO Sundar Pichai told The New York Times.
- Of those 48 employees, 13 held senior positions at the company.
- The prominent internet search engine company had also protected three of its senior executives from sexual misconduct allegations by offering them payouts.
- Pichai is urging all employees to come forward if they experience any sexual misconduct while working at Google.
The surprise disclosure came on Thursday in an email Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent to employees after The New York Times reported that the company had dismissed the executive in charge of its Android software for sexual misconduct in 2014 and is still paying him a $90 million package.
A spokesman for Andy Rubin, the former Android executive, insisted he left on his own accord and has never been informed of any accusations of sexual misconduct. The spokesman says Rubin acknowledges having consensual sexual relationships that adhered to Google’s policies at that time.
Rubin’s misconduct was reported by Bloomberg News and other publications in late 2017 and he took a brief leave of absence from his startup, Essential Products, soon after.
Pichai’s email said Google now has stricter policies in place.
Google has updated its policy to require all vice presidents and senior vice presidents to disclose any relationship with a co-worker regardless of reporting line or presence of conflict, Pichai and Naughton wrote on Thursday.
Below is Copy of E-Mail-
Today’s story in the New York Times was difficult to read.
We are dead serious about making sure we provide a safe and inclusive workplace. We want to assure you that we review every single complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct, we investigate and we take action.
In recent years, we’ve made a number of changes, including taking an increasingly hard line on inappropriate conduct by people in positions of authority: in the last two years, 48 people have been terminated for sexual harassment, including 13 who were senior managers and above. None of these individuals received an exit package.
In 2015, we launched Respect@ and our annual Internal Investigations Report to provide transparency about these types of investigations at Google. Because we know that reporting harassment can be traumatic, we provide confidential channels to share any inappropriate behavior you experience or see. We support and respect those who have spoken out. You can find many ways to do this at go/say something. You can make a report anonymously if you wish.
We’ve also updated our policy to require all VPs and SVPs to disclose any relationship with a co-worker regardless of reporting line or presence of conflict.
We are committed to ensuring that Google is a workplace where you can feel safe to do your best work, and where there are serious consequences for anyone who behaves inappropriately.
Sundar and Eileen