New Delhi: US tech-giant Google claimed that it has fired around 48 employees, including 13 senior executives over the allegations of 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. Also Read - Google Threatens to Shut Search Engine in Australia, PM Morrison Hits Back
In the email, Google spokesperson stated that “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.” Also Read - Trump Pardons Former Google Engineer Anthony Levandowski, Sentenced For Stealing Trade Secrets
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. Also Read - After Jiah Khan’s Sister, Sherlyn Chopra Accuses Sajid Khan of Sexual Harassment
In response to a New York Times report that one senior Google employee, Android creator Andy Rubin, received an exit package worth USD 90 million after being accused of sexual misconduct by an employee, the US tech giant stated that none of them received any exit package.
“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,”news agency AFP quoted Pichai as saying. He added that the report on Rubin and others “was difficult to read” but he did not directly address the claims in the article.
(With inputs from agencies)