The third executive who is still nameless, and whose behaviour is not detailed, still has a job at Google. Rubin was awarded a $90 million exit package, according to the Times, and was publicly praised by Page when he left the company in 2014.
But, the company CEO Sundar Pichai has cleared the air that certain cases of harassment were reported in the offices of Goggle across the world and the company has taken corrective measures by firing employees and senior managers.
Rubin went on to co-found a venture-capital firm, Playground and later founded a smartphone maker, Essential, which laid off part of its staff a few days ago after disappointing sales of its first phone model. It also reported that the tech giant has in the past covered up other claims of sexual harassment in its workplace.
His ex-wife, Rie Rubin, recently sued Rubin, claiming that he had multiple "ownership relationships" with other women during their marriage, and he paid the women hundreds of thousands of dollars as well. Rubin started dating a subordinate from the Android team in 2012, while he was still leading the division at Google.
Sam Singer, a representative for Rubin, told the Times Rubin did not engage in sexual misconduct and said: "any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual and did not involve any person who reported directly to him". According to The Information, which broke the story yesterday, Rubin had ... "Specifically, I never coerced a woman to have sex in a hotel room", Rubin tweeted. But the company tried to sweep the allegations under the carpet, and instead gave him a hefty exit package of Rs 663 crore even though it was legally not bound to do so. One is still employed in the company.
Google also issued a response to the story.
In 2007, David C. Drummond, Alphabet's chief legal advisor, entered into an extra-marital relationship with Jennifer Blakely. She accused Rubin of then forcing her into oral sex, and she ended the relationship, the report says. Since the affair, Drummond has had a flourishing career, while Blakely was transferred to sales and left the company a year later. DeVaul is a director at X, the company's "moonshot" division. She relented to a neck rub because, "I didn't have enough spine or backbone to shut that down as a 24-year-old", she said. She rejected his advances, and Simpson didn't get the job. DeVaul apologized for his "error of judgement".
The NYT report further added that Google had also heavily invested in Rubin's next project.