Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Industry | By Johnnie Johnson

Andy Rubin taking leave from Essential in wake of "inappropriate relationship" report

Andy Rubin taking leave from Essential in wake of

However, shortly after The Information spoke with Mr. Sitrick, Essential employees were informed that Mr. Rubin would be taking leave from the company for personal reasons. Further, The Information reports that the HR investigation concluded that Rubin's behaviour was improper and indicated bad judgement on his part.

It is rather surprising that the creator of Android doesn't work at Google.

Google did not return a request for comment.

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The publication reports that Google launched the investigation as the employee reported Rubin to the human resources department due to their relationship, although the nature of the complaint is unclear. In 2013, Rubin moved to Google's robotics department from the Android department.

While it is possible that Rubin may have had a consensual relationship with someone in his team, he might still have broken Google rules. Just a few days after that, Rubin left the organization.

Rubin reportedly told staff of his pending absence on Monday after The Information reported he abruptly left Google in 2014 due to an inquiry on the aforementioned relationship. He launched incubator, named Playground Global, in 2015.

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The allegations against Rubin come amid a wave of sexual harassment and misconduct accusations against prominent politicians and high-profile figures in the entertainment, media and technology industries, forcing a broad re-examination of how women are treated in the workplace.

Essential confirmed that Rubin had stepped aside and said that Niccolo de Masi, Essential's president, would be in charge for the time being. The publication says Rubin has a net worth of $100 million from his days a Google, the sale of Android and because of his days at Danger Inc., which "is responsible for the creation of the T-mobile sidekick".

As the company presumably cooks up a sequel to the PH-1, as well as long overdue Essential Home availability, the ex-Googler's expertise as an engineer and his popularity among hardcore Android enthusiasts make his involvement in the day-to-day operations more crucial than ever.

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