Andy Rubin, the founder of Essential and the once-VP of Android at Google, has returned to Essential after taking a two-week leave of absence following claims of alleged misconduct during his time at Google. The claims date back to the 2012-2013 period, during which he was alleged to have had a relationship with a subordinate within his department that Google's HR department later deemed to be "inappropriate".
The information came to light via a report from The Information 2 weeks ago, on November 28th. According to their report, Rubin was the subject of a complaint to Google's HR division regarding an alleged inappropriate relationship. The complaint was filed by the person whom Rubin was in the relationship with. At the time of the complaint, Rubin was still the VP of Android, the same division the complainant worked in. Google, like the majority of companies, does not allow relationships between supervisors and subordinates, which adds to the controversial aspect of this affair.
Neither Ruben nor Essential have confirmed the reason for this absence, and Ruben's spokesperson has denied the claim that these allegations have any link to Rubin's departure from Google.
"Any relationship that Mr. Rubin had while at Google was consensual... 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."
However, Rubin's spokesperson did not deny a connection between Rubin's leave of absence and The Information's story. TI informed Rubin's spokesperson some time ago the story would be published, which seems to have precipitated the internal announcement regarding his leave of absence.
While they may be controversial in nature, we're glad to see allegations like this come to light, and to see that even those at the top of the tech world are not infallible or immune to justice. Let us know what you think in the comments.