The Googleplex, home to X. Last week, Google parent company Alphabet was rocked by a detailed report in the New York Times about several high-level male executives who either remained at the company or received hefty golden parachutes after accusations of sexual harassment or assault were leveled against them. The biggest name (and focus of the story) was Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, who reportedly received a $90 million exit package even after Google concluded that a sexual assault claim against him (for coercing an employee to perform oral sex in a hotel room in 2013) was credible. This has ignited an uproar within Google, the Times further reported , with employees criticizing what they see as a culture of impunity for executives.
One of the incidents that has roiled the company took place within a rarefied corner of Alphabet: X, the experimental “moonshot factory” charged with creating new, futuristic lines of business. The aftermath of the Times report has been particularly uncomfortable at X because one of the accused executives, Richard DeVaul, is still employed there, two sources within Alphabet told Slate. One of them said DeVaul showed up to work on Friday, after the Times investigation had […]