Google sacks 48 people for sexual harassment

Google has sacked 48 people for sexual harassment in the past two years, the company's boss has said.

Chief Executive Sundar Pichai wrote a letter to staff and said the company had taken ‘an increasingly hard line' by responding to the inappropriate behaviour.
The sacked employees include 13 senior managers.

The letter comes after New York Times said Android software creator Andy Rubin was given a £70 million ($90 million) exit payout despite facing sexual assault allegations.

Mr Rubin, who left the company in 2014, has denied the misconduct.

Mr Pichai said the article had been ‘difficult to read' and added in the email, according to Sky News: ‘We're 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 of inappropriate conduct, we investigate and we take action.

‘Because we know that reporting harassment can be traumatic, we provide confidential channels to share any inappropriate behaviour you experience or see.'

Mr Pichai that the none of the 48 sacked employees received an exit package.

He added that the company ‘support and respect those who have spoken out'.

The email was signed also signed by Google vice president of people operations Eileen Naughton.


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