Google sacks 48 employees over sexual harassment

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Tech giant Google has sacked 48 employees including 13 senior managers over sexual harassment charges since 2016.

Chief executive Sundar Pichai wrote a letter to all employees in which he said that the company was taking a “hard line” on inappropriate conduct.

The letter was in reaction to a New York Times report which claims that Android creator Andy Rubin was given a $90m exit package despite facing misconduct allegations.

A spokesman on the behalf of Mr. Rubin denied the allegations.

Sam Singer said Mr. Rubin had decided to leave Google in 2014 to launch a technology incubator called Playground. The paper claim that the company gave him a “hero’s farewell”.

Mr. Pichai wrote in his letter that the New York Times story was “difficult to read” and that Google was “dead serious” about providing a “safe and inclusive workplace” to all its employees.

“We want to assure you that we review every single complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct, we investigate and we take action,” he goes on.

He said no employee had received an exit package on dismissal from the position, Mr. Pichai added.

New York Times had mentioned in its report that two unnamed Google executives said then-chief executive Larry Page asked Mr. Rubin to resign from his position after they confirmed that he had misconducted with a female employee in a hotel room in 2013.

Mr. Rubin denied the misconduct charges and resigned from his post.

The claims will add to the growing chorus denouncing sexist culture in male-dominated Silicon Valley.

Carolina Milanesi who is an analyst at Creative Strategies in San Francisco tweeted: “In a normal world this would mean Rubin is done, but tech has not just been forgiving, some tech sees little wrong with this.

She also hoped that google will do something to clean up its act if the company wanted to keep its female employees.