"At our last regularly scheduled board meeting earlier in November, Andy asked for a leave of absence to deal with personal matters", a spokeswoman for the Palo Alto company said in response to an inquiry by SiliconBeat Wednesday. 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.
Google policies restrict employees from entering into a relationship with subordinates. In 2014 Rubin left the search giant-but now the details around his departure are looking less than ideal.The Information is reporting that Rubin only left Google after an internal company investigation found that he had had an "inappropriate relationship" with a woman who worked under him. "The board agreed and our president, Niccolo de Masi, will continue to run day to day operations at Essential".
While Mr. Rubin hasn't commented on the situation, his spokesperson, Mike Sitrick, said that "any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual". Rubin left the Android division, where the woman worked, in 2013 to take over Google's robotics division.
Google did not return a request for comment. The firm said Rubin's behaviour was "improper and showed bad judgement". Essential did not specify when exactly the leave started or when employees had been told of Rubin's absence. It isn't clear whether Rubin denies the report entirely, and Google's reported findings.
"Any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual", Sitrick told The Information.
There is no telling how long Rubin will be absent from Essential.
The investigation into this matter had reportedly begun in 2014.