new report from the New
York Times alleges that the Silicon Valley Masters of the
Universe at Google protected executives accused of sexual misconduct for
years, even keeping an executive’s mistress on the payroll.
report from the New
York Times titled “How
Google Protected Andy Rubin, the ‘Father of Android’” outlines how
the progressive tech giant Google protected three executives that were
accused of sexual misconduct for more than a decade. The article notes
that Andy Rubin, the creator of the Android mobile operating system,
left the company in October and was given a “hero’s farewell” by
executives at the company.
Page, Google’s chief executive, commented on Rubin’s departure in a
statement saying: “I want to wish Andy all the best with
what’s next. With Android he created something truly remarkable — with a
billion-plus happy users.” The New
York Times notes that in their farewell to Rubin, the
company failed to mention that Rubin was leaving the company after a
claim of sexual assault by a Google employee with whom Rubin had been
having an extramarital relationship.
Google did not make public was that an employee had accused Mr.
Rubin of sexual misconduct. The woman, with whom Mr. Rubin had been
having an extramarital relationship, said he coerced her into
performing oral sex in a hotel room in 2013, according to two
company executives with knowledge of the episode. Google
investigated and concluded her claim was credible, said the people,
who spoke on the condition that they not be named, citing
confidentiality agreements. Mr. Rubin was notified, they said, and
Mr. Page asked for his resignation.
could have fired Mr. Rubin and paid him little to nothing on the way
out. Instead, the company handed him a $90 million exit package,
paid in installments of about $2 million a month for four years,
said two people with knowledge of the terms. The last payment is
scheduled for next month.
more worrying is the fact that this is not the first time that Google
has covered up for an executive accused of sexual misconduct. The
article goes on to say:
Rubin was one of three executives that Google protected over the
past decade after they were accused of sexual misconduct. In two
instances, it ousted senior executives, but softened the blow by
paying them millions of dollars as they departed, even though it had
no legal obligation to do so. In a third, the executive remained in
a highly compensated post at the company. Each time Google stayed
silent about the accusations against the men.
former Google and (later parent company) Alphabet Executive Chairman
Eric Schmidt is revealed in the article to have kept his mistress on
the payroll as a “company consultant.” Schmidt has been a long-time
supporter of Hillary Clinton and even expressed interest in being
“head outside advisor” to Clinton’s
2016 presidential campaign.
founded in 1998 by Mr. Page and Sergey Brin when they were
Stanford University graduate students, fostered a permissive
workplace culture from the start.
Silicon Valley, it is widely known that Mr. Page had dated
Marissa Mayer, one of the company’s first engineers who later
became chief executive of Yahoo. (Both were single.) Eric
Schmidt, Google’s former chief executive, once retained a
mistress to work as a company consultant, according to four
people with knowledge of the relationship. And Mr. Brin, who
along with Mr. Page owns the majority of voting shares in
Google’s parent, Alphabet, had
a consensual extramarital affair with an employee in
2014, said three employees with knowledge of the relationship.
then took action. Ms. Blakely said Stacy Sullivan, then the head
of human resources and now chief culture officer, told her that
Google discouraged managers from having relationships with
of us would have to leave the legal department,” Ms. Blakely
said. “It was clear it would not be David.”
Google has spent a lot of time in the past few years virtue
signaling how “woke” and progressive they
are as a company, it seems that some of the company’s executives
have been taking part in a number of activities that would see
most fired immediately. Instead, the progressive Silicon Valley
tech giant chose to protect these individuals.
article in the New
York Times here.