The founder and CEO, Andy Rubin, has been absent from his new company for "personal reasons" after a report on the circumstances of his departure from Google in 2014. According to The Information Rubin left Google Shortly after an investigation discovered that he had maintained an "inappropriate relationship" with a woman who worked for him and filed a complaint with HR.
The nature of that relationship is not detailed in the report, and Rubin's spokesman, Mike Sitrick, denies the connection. "Any relationship that Mr. Rubin had with Google was consensual," says Sitrick The Information . "Mr. Rubin never told Google that he made a mistake while he was on Google and he did not, either on Google or since." It is said that Rubin told Essential employees about his leave of absence on Monday after The Information informed Sitrick of his story.
The woman who filed the complaint allegedly worked in the Android division led by Rubin, which would cause any personal relationship between the two to violate Google's Policy; The company requires employees to disclose such relationships so that one of them can move to another division. Rubin left the Android department in March 2013 to lead Google's efforts in robotics, but it is said that human resources research took place in 2014. That research, according to The Information concluded that "the behavior Rubin was wrong and showed bad judgment. "
Rubin founded Danger, the company behind T-Mobile Sidekick, and co-founded Android before it was bought by Google. Essential, his new company, is an attempt to build an ecosystem of premium hardware products, but his first release seems to have been a failure; The Essential Phone, which otherwise received a good reception, has experienced large discounts in recent weeks.
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