Google admits incidents of sexual misconduct, fired 48 people

California: Google has fired around 48 people including 13 senior managers, for sexual harassment in the last two years.

According to an email sent to Fox News by Google Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sundar Pichai, people from the management who were accused of sexual misconduct were also sacked from the company.

In the email, Google spokesperson stated that “the company was dead serious about making sure we provide a safe and inclusive workplace.”

The email which was also sent to all the employees of the Google came after a US national New York Times reported that the company gave Android creator Andy Rubin 90 million USD as an exit package after being accused of sexual misconduct by an employee.

Pichai, however, said that as many 13 senior managers were sacked from the company and none of them received any exit package.

The email which was also signed by Eileen Naughton, vice president of people operations, encouraged the employees to report any incidents of sexual misconduct or harassment they experience or notice.

Here’s the email sent by Pichai and Naughtan:

Today’s story in the New York Times was difficult to read.

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.

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.

In 2015, we launched Respect@ and our annual Internal Investigations Report to provide transparency about these types of investigations at Google. Because we know that reporting harassment can be traumatic, we provide confidential channels to share any inappropriate behaviour you experience or see. We support and respect those who have spoken out. You can find many ways to do this at go/say something. You can make a report anonymously if you wish.

We’ve also updated our policy to require all VPs and SVPs to disclose any relationship with a co-worker regardless of reporting line or presence of conflict.

We are committed to ensuring that Google is a workplace where you can feel safe to do your best work, and where there are serious consequences for anyone who behaves inappropriately.

Sundar and Eileen

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