Google boss: 48 people sacked for sexual harassment

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Instead, the company handed him a $90 million exit package, paid in instalments of about $2 million a month for four years, said two people with knowledge of the terms. Thirteen of the employees were senior managers or above, and none received an exit package.

The Times story was "difficult to read", Pichai wrote, adding that Google was "dead serious" about providing a "safe and inclusive workplace".

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The New York Times says there were at least two other cases where executives accused of sexual misconduct were offered large payouts.

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Lee, who worked with Google as a software engineer between 2008 and 2016, was sacked from the company for poor performance.

The New York Times outed Google and an enabler saying that it granted Rubin millions of dollars upon his departure. The report also claims Rubin was not the only senior executive accused of sexual misconduct, and then asked to leave the company; it appears there were two other senior executives as well.

"When Google covers up harassment and passes the trash, it contributes to an environment where people don't feel safe reporting misconduct", Fong-Jones said. He had, in fact, written in an email to one of them: "Being owned is kinda like you are my property, and I can loan you to other people". Google investigated the charges and found them to be credible, according to sources who requested anonymity because of signed confidentiality agreements. At one point, Uber hired former Google engineer Amit Singhal and then asked him to resign a year ago after discovering he hadn't disclosed he had been accused of sexual misconduct at Google. According to the woman, she was pressured into meeting him at a hotel in 2013, after which the relationship ended.

According to a blockbuster report from the New York Times, that's thanks in no small part to a $90 million payment from Google as company executives ushered him out the door while simultaneously sweeping credible sexual misconduct allegations under the rug.

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Uber's embattled chief executive Travis Kalanick resigned a year ago, yielding to pressure from investors seeking to clean up the company's allegedly toxic corporate culture. None of these individuals received an exit package, they added.

However, nowhere in the email does Pichai attempt to explain what exactly happened with Rubin nor what the company plans to do to respond to these serious allegations of corporate negligence.

On an analyst conference call, Pichai told investors that Google expects to roll out its technical solution in the "next few weeks" addressing European antitrust concerns over Android. You can find many ways to do this at go/saysomething.

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.

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