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Technology48 Google employees fired for sexual harassment

03:12  27 october  2018
03:12  27 october  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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Google has fired 48 employees for sexual harassment in the last two years, the company’s CEO and head of HR wrote in a companywide memo today. That includes 13 senior managers. The memo said that none of those managers received “exit packages,” a term for cash and stock negotiated in

(Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said on Thursday the company had fired 48 employees for sexual harassment over the past two years. Pichai sent an email to Google employees in response to a New York Times story

48 Google employees fired for sexual harassment© Aly Song/Reuters Google revealed today it has fired 48 employees over sexual harassment allegations over the past two years. Google has announced that it has fired 48 employees for sexual harassment during the past two years and sent them away without severance packages, hours after a news report said it had protected some male executives facing sexual misconduct allegations and offered them large sums to leave the company.

The surprise disclosure Thursday came in an email to Google employees from CEO Sundar Pichai. It was a direct response to a New York Times report that the company had dismissed the executive in charge of its Android software for sexual misconduct in 2014 and paid him handsomely to leave.

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Google said Thursday it fired 48 employees in the past two years, including 13 “senior” executives, as a result of sexual harassment allegations, citing “an increasingly hard line” on inappropriate conduct. The US tech giant issued the statement from chief executive Sundar Pichai in response to a New York

Google said on Thursday it fired 48 employees in the past two years, including 13 "senior" executives, as a result of sexual harassment allegations, citing "an increasingly hard line" on inappropriate conduct. The US tech giant issued the statement from chief executive Sundar Pichai in response to a

A spokesperson for Andy Rubin, the former Android executive, said he left of his own accord and has never been informed of any accusations of sexual misconduct. Rubin acknowledges having consensual sexual relationships with Google employees that didn't report to him, adhering to the boundaries drawn by Google policy at that time, according to the spokesperson, Sam Singer.

The Times story was based on unidentified people and court documents, including some filed in an ongoing divorce between Rubin and his wife. The Times reported that Google also protected two other executives accused of sexual misconduct, ousting one with a severance package while retaining another.

In his email, Pichai said Google adopted tougher policies in 2015. Those rules require all of Google's vice-presidents and senior vice-presidents to disclose any relationship with an employee, even if they don't work in the same department or have any other potential conflict.

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The note, which was obtained by TechCrunch via a Google spokesperson, notes that 48 people have been terminated at the company for sexual harassment in the past two years alone. Rubin left Google in 2014. We’ve made the full letter available below. We have also reached out to Playground

San Francisco (AFP) – Google said Thursday it fired 48 employees in the past two years, including 13 senior executives, as a result of sexual harassment allegations, citing “an increasingly hard line” on inappropriate conduct. The US tech giant issued the statement from chief executive Sundar Pichai in

Although Pichai didn't directly address the allegations against Rubin and other executives, he conceded the Times story "was difficult to read" and did not dispute it.

In an apparent attempt to assure employees that things had changed since Rubin's departure, Pichai said 13 of the 48 workers that Google had fired for violating the company's sexual harassment policies were either senior managers or executives. None of those 13 received severance packages, Pichai wrote.

"We are dead serious about making sure we provide a safe and inclusive workplace," Pichai wrote.

48 Google employees fired for sexual harassment© Stephen Lam/Reuters Google CEO Sundar Pichai says Google has adopted tougher policies on harassment since 2015. Despite Pichai's reassurances, the revelations about sexual harassment are a setback for a 20-year-old company that adopted "Don't Be Evil" as its motto early in its existence and now embraces "do the right thing " as its creed under the umbrella of its holding company, Alphabet Inc.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent an email to all Google employees Thursday saying the company has fired 48 people over the last two years for sexual harassment . Of those 48 people, 13 were "senior managers and above" and none of them got an exit package when they were let go.

Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai sought to reassure employees following a report of misconduct about a former top executive. In the past two years, 48 people have been terminated for sexual harassment , including 13 who were senior managers and above, Pichai and Eileen Naughton

The boys club of Silicon Valley

The bombshells are also another troubling example of a Silicon Valley culture that for decades has relied heavily on male engineers, some of whom still behave like fraternity boys attending a keg party in college.

The phenomenon led to this year's release of Brotopia: Breaking Up The Boys Club of Silicon Valley, a book by Emily Chang that delves into the stories of women who say they have been sexually harassed at tech companies and venture capital firms.

Allegations of sexual misconduct also have resulted in the resignations of venture capitalists and executives and triggered an ongoing overhaul at ride-hailing company, Uber.

Prodded by the public complaints of a former female engineer, Uber last year conducted an internal investigation that it had fostered an environment that allowed rampant sexual harassment .

The problems unfolded under Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick, who wound up being forced to resign by investors as CEO amid a raft of other problems. At one point, Uber hired former Google engineer Amit Singhal and then asked him to resign last year after discovering he hadn't disclosed he had been accused of sexual misconduct at Google.

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