Andy Rubin, the founder of Google’s Android and current CEO of Essential, is taking a month-long leave from Essential for “personal reasons.” At the same time, a report of an “inappropriate relationship” at Google has surfaced.
A report from The Information claims that Google’s HR division conducted an investigation into Rubin after a complaint and found that he maintained an “inappropriate relationship” with a subordinate while at the Internet giant. Google policy forbids a romantic relationship between supervisors and subordinates, and Google’s investigation apparently concluded that “Rubin’s behavior was improper and showed bad judgement.” (Although Google cofounder Sergey Brin ran the Google Glass team and dated the Google Glass marketing manager, Amanda Rosenberg.)
Rubin’s spokesperson, Mike Sitrick, gave a response to The Information, starting with “Any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual” (it’s important to mention in a post-Weinstein world that no one disputes this). Google’s investigation reportedly only says that Rubin should not have had a consensual relationship with a subordinate. Sitrick also denies that Rubin was even told about the investigation, saying “Mr. Rubin was never told by Google that he engaged in any misconduct while at Google, and he did not, either while at Google or since.”