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Google Has Fired Almost 50 People Over Sexual Harassment Claims In The Past Two Years

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Oct. 26 2018, Updated 4:29 a.m. ET

Google revealed it has sacked 48 people over sexual misconduct claims since 2016, including 13 senior managers, the BBC reports.

Chief executive Sundar Pichai sent out a an email to all employees, saying that the company takes a hard stance when it comes to sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior claims. His statement came after the New York Times ran a story that claimed Android creator Andy Rubin received the hefty sum of $90 million when he left the tech giant in 2014, despite facing misconduct allegations.

Pichai said that the New York Times article was “difficult to read,” but that Google was “dead serious” about providing its employees a “safe and inclusive workplace.”

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“We want to assure you that we review every single complaint about sexual harassment or inappropriate conduct, we investigate and we take action,” he added. A copy of the email was sent to Bloomberg by a Google spokeswoman.

According to the NYT story, two anonymous Google executives claimed then-chief executive Larry Page asked had asked Rubin to resign after a female employee filed a complaint regarding a sexual encounter in a hotel room in 2013.

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