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Android co-founder takes leave amid reports of misbehaviour

Android co-founder takes leave amid reports of misbehaviour

According to a report by The Information, Mr. Rubin left Google shortly after an investigation over complaints that he had an "inappropriate relationship" with a female colleague.

Rubin is on a leave of absence from his new startup after the media unearthed a Google report of his allegedly "inappropriate" relationship with another employee in the Android division. The woman who filed a complaint to HR is said to have worked on the Android team, which Rubin ran.

The website also said that its sources, who wished to remain anonymous, indicated that the "internal investigation concluded that Mr Rubin's behavior was improper and showed bad judgement".

But Mike Sitrick, a spokesman for Rubin, told The Information that any relationship he had while at Google was consensual. Rubin was actually working in the robotics department at Google by the time 2014 rolled around, with Sundar Pichai taking over Android duties that year.

It is rather surprising that the creator of Android doesn't work at Google. The Information said that Essential employees were told about his leave of absence on Monday. Meanwhile, Niccolo de Masi, Essential President will take over the company while Rubin is still on leave.

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Sitrick declined to comment on "personal matters" cited by Essential. Now, 3 years later, the story should be done and buried, but since it popped up at a time when celebrity misconduct stories are running rampant and fueling an ever-spinning outrage machine, it seems Mr. Rubin made a decision to stay safe and keep his head low. There is no official reason given but incidentally, there are reports floating around that he once had an "inappropriate relationship" while still at Google.

The spokesperson did not add if Rubin's leave of absence had anything to do with the report or when Rubin would be returning to the company.

Google policy prohibits supervisors from having relationships with their subordinates.

There is no telling how long Rubin will be absent from Essential.