Android's Andy Rubin Left Google After Inquiry Found Inappropriate Relationship

Todd Singleton
December 1, 2017

According to the Information, a Silicon Valley-based technology news site, Rubin left after a woman from his team, who was reporting to him, complained to Google's human resources department. "The Information doesn't share details of the relationship or why the claim was made to HR but when asked, Rubin's spokesperson, Mike Sitrick, said that "[any] relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual". According to Sitrick, Google never said to Rubin that he was engaged in any misconduct "while at Google and he did not, either while at Google or since". The inquiry that Google's HR led discovered that Rubin had conducted himself in inappropriate ways and ultimately showed bad judgement. The Information said that Essential employees were told about his leave of absence on Monday.

Andy Rubin has reportedly taken a leave of absence from his startup Essential after a report surfaced indicating he left Google shortly after being accused of having an "inappropriate relationship" during his tenure at the internet search giant.

The publication reports that Google launched the investigation as the employee reported Rubin to the human resources department due to their relationship, although the nature of the complaint is unclear. The company would become the basis for Google's Android mobile operating system.

The company requires employees to disclose such relationships so that one of them can be moved to another division. Meanwhile, Niccolo de Masi, Essential President will take over the company while Rubin is still on leave. But now, trouble is brewing around company founder Andy Rubin, which will pull him away from the business right during the holiday shopping period.

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Then again, most of Essential's recent problems could've been avoided without Rubin.

We reached out to Google and Essential for comment but had not heard back at time of writing.

The investigation into this matter had reportedly begun in 2014.

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