Rubin steps down from Essential after Google investigation revealed

Laverne Mann
December 1, 2017

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 a rather surprising turn of events, Andy Rubin takes a leave of absence from Essential Products.

For the uninitiated, Mr. Rubin and Android - the company he helped to found more than a decade ago - was acquired by Google back in July 2005.

Google policy prohibits supervisors from having relationships with their subordinates. While most have believed he left to start other ventures such as Essential, according to a report from The Information, Rubin departed from the search giant shortly after an internal investigation found evidence of him maintaining an "inappropriate relationship" with a female employee who worked for him... The Information says the probe concluded that "Rubin's behavior was improper and showed bad judgment".

Andy Rubin is best known as the "father" of Android, the mobile operating system that would make Google the biggest smartphone player in the world.

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"Any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual", Sitrick told The Information.

Although Rubin left the Android department in 2013, the investigation took place in 2014. "The board agreed and our president, Niccolo de Masi, will continue to run day to day operations at Essential".

At the time of his exit, Rubin was heading Google's newly formed robotics division, a wing that failed to pick up much steam in spite of numerous high-profile acquisitions.

Mashable has reached out to Essential for additional comment. After the story broke, Andy Rubin's spokesperson - Mike Sitrick - stated that "any relationship Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual" and that Google never said that Mr. Rubin engaged in misconduct, nor did he. Just a few days after that, Rubin left the organization.

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