Killer reporting from Daisuke Wakabayashi and Katie Benner over at The New York Times:
Mr. Rubin was one of three executives that Google protected over the past decade after they were accused of sexual misconduct. In two instances, it ousted senior executives, but softened the blow by paying them millions of dollars as they departed, even though it had no legal obligation to do so. In a third, the executive remained in a highly compensated post at the company. Each time Google stayed silent about the accusations against the men.
Shocker. However you interpret this, Rubin denied the coercion on Twitter, but not the payments.
The article goes into detail about a host of other accounts too:
In 2013, Richard DeVaul, a director at Google X, the company’s research and development arm, interviewed Star Simpson, a hardware engineer. During the job interview, she said he told her that he and his wife were “polyamorous,” a word often used to describe an open marriage. She said he invited her to Burning Man, an annual festival in the Nevada desert, the following week.
At Mr. DeVaul’s encampment, Ms. Simpson said, he asked her to remove her shirt and offered a back rub. She said she refused. When he insisted, she said she relented to a neck rub.
“I didn’t have enough spine or backbone to shut that down as a 24-year-old,” said Ms. Simpson, now 30.
A few weeks later, Google told her she did not get the job, without explaining why.
…She said the official asked her to stay quiet about what had happened, which she did — until Mr. DeVaul’s public profile began rising in articles in The New York Times and The Atlantic.
I don’t want to spoil too much of this. Just read it. It’s really good.