Google has fired 48 employees for sexual harassment over the past two years, the company’s CEO announced Thursday. The disclosure was made in an email from CEO Sundar Pichai sent out to employees just hours after The New York Times reported that the company gave a $90 million exit package to Android creator Andy Rubin after he left following a sexual misconduct allegation. The report said Google also protected at least two other top executives from sexual misconduct allegations. Pichai did not respond directly to those allegations in his email, saying only that the Times report was “difficult to read.” But he stressed that Google had adopted harsher sexual harassment policies in 2015, noting that 13 of the 48 employees fired were senior managers or executives and they were axed without severance packages. “We are dead serious about making sure we provide a safe and inclusive workplace,” Pichai reportedly wrote.
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