Android creator Andy Rubin left Google in 2014; however, his departure may be causing the company some unwanted attention. As per documents released by the California superior court, Rubin left Google after engaging in an “inappropriate relationship” with a subordinate and supposedly withheld payments of his substantial severance package from his now-estranged wife for several years.
The allegations state that Google secretly compensated Rubin following the sexual misconduct complaint. Last October, a New York Times report stated that instead of sacking Rubin, “the company handed him a USD 90 million exit package, paid in instalments of about USD 2 million a month for four years.”
It went on to add that Rubin went so far as to conceal this income from his wife, Rie Hirabaru Rubin and she “even now does not understand the full scope of his finances.”
The report also reveals that Rubin and his lawyer forced her to sign a premarital agreement just days ahead of their marriage effectively cutting her off from any of his wealth.
The complaint went on to state that Rubin also ran “what appeared to be a sex ring,” this was in line with the report by The New York Times that also alleged that he was involved in “ownership relationships” with multiple women during his marriage years.
Ellen Stross, one of Rubin’s attorneys rubbished these allegations and called the suit a “garden-variety family law dispute involving a wife who regrets her decision to execute a prenuptial agreement.”
Andy Rubin left Google in 2014 and went on to create Essential, an Android smartphone brand along with Playground Global, a venture fund. Rubin is reportedly worth USD 350 million.
The New York Times report sparked outrage among Google employees the world over which led to walkouts to protest the manner in which the search giant handled the case of sexual harassment and other related issues.
The demonstrations prompted Google to revamp its internal policies to handle misconduct complaints much more effectively. Google also ended its practice of forced arbitration for claims surrounding sexual harassment in the workplace....