Founder of the Essential and CEO, Andy Rubin has went on a ‘leave of absence’ from his company for “personal reasons” following a report on his 2014 departure from Google went public. According to the report, Rubin had an “inappropriate relationship” with a woman who worked under him and had filed a complaint to HR.
The nature of the relationship isn’t mentioned in the report, and Rubin’s spokesperson Mike Sitrick denies any such connection.
“Any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual,” Sitrick told The Information. “Mr. Rubin was never told by Google that he engaged in any misconduct while at Google and he did not, either while at Google or since.”
The woman, with whom Rubin was allegedly worked in the Android division run by Rubin. Any such personal relationship between the two violate Google policy as the company requires employees to disclose such relationships so that one of them can be moved to another division.
Rubin is one of the co-founder of Android, while his new company Essential, is an attempt to build an ecosystem of premium hardware products. Essential confirmed that Rubin has went on a leave.
“At our last regularly scheduled board meeting earlier in November, Andy asked for a leave of absence to deal with personal matters,” a spokesperson said. “The Board agreed and our President, Niccolo de Masi, will continue to run day to day operations at Essential.”