Android founder Andy Rubin walked out of Google with a $90 million exit package in 2014 - a golden parachute that apparently came after credible allegations of sexual misconduct.
Among the accusations against Rubin were a woman's claims that the married man, with whom she said she was having an affair, coerced her into performing oral sex on him in a hotel room in 2013, sources told the New York Times.
He also reportedly kept bondage sex videos on his work computer and paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to women in what his ex-wife described as “ownership relationships,” according to a civil suit she filed this month.
“You will be happy being taken care of,” Rubin wrote in an August 2015 email to one of the women, according to a screenshot included in the suit. “Being owned is kinda like you are my property, and I can loan you to other people.”
Rubin resigned after a Google investigation found the woman’s accusations credible and left the company with a $90 million settlement, paid out over four years at about $2 million a month.
He has denied all allegations of misconduct.
Two other senior executives who left after sexual misconduct allegations were also paid millions of dollars, according to the New York Times.
In response to the Times article, Google pointed out that 48 of its employees — including 13 “senior managers or above” — have been fired over the last two years for misconduct without severance or an exit package.
“We are dead serious about making sure we provide a safe and inclusive workplace. We want to assure you that we review every single complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct, we investigate and we take action,” CEO Sundar Pichai and Eileen Naughton, the vice president of people operations, said in a co-signed letter.
“In recent years, we’ve made a number of changes, including taking an increasingly hard line on inappropriate conduct by people in positions of authority: in the last two years, 48 people have been terminated for sexual harassment, including 13 who were senior managers and above. None of these individuals received an exit package."