#MeToo: Google reveals it has sacked 48 employees over sexual harassment allegations in the past two years

Team SoOLEGAL 26 Oct 2018 12:00pm

#MeToo: Google reveals it has sacked 48 employees over sexual harassment allegations in the past two years

In a startling revelation, Google on Thursday announced that it has sacked 48 employees, including 13 seniors and 35 other staff members, as a result of sexual harassment allegations – during the past two years.

The US tech giant made the surprised disclosure in an email – sent to employees – from CEO Sundar Pichai in response to a New York Times report.

According to the report, Andy Rubin, a senior Google executive in charge of its Android software had received $90 million to leave the company over sexual harassment allegations, and that the tech giant had covered up several other claims of sexual harassment.

However, in his email, Pichai said that none of the sacked employees facing sexual misconduct charges had received “an exit package.”

He further stated in his email, “In recent years, we've made numerous changes, including taking an increasingly hard line on inappropriate conduct by people in positions of authority.”

Although Pichai, in his email, didn't directly address the claims of sexual misconduct against Rubin and others, he conceded that the Times report “was difficult to read.”

He then said that the company has updated its policy to require all vice presidents and senior vice presidents to disclose any relationship with a co-worker irrespective of reporting line or the presence of conflict.

In his email, Pichai further wrote “We are dead serious about making sure we provide a safe and inclusive workplace," adding, “We want to assure you that we review every single complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct, we investigate and we take action.”

Tagged: MeToo   Google Sacks 48 Employees   Sexual Misconduct At Google   Harassment At Workplace   Sexual Harassment at Google   Sexual Harassment   Google Inc   Google CEO Sundar Pichai  
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