Did it violate Google’s Code of Conduct when Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt dated women who were their subordinates at the company?
Then Google-CEO Page dated Marissa Mayer during her early days at Google, as Business Insider reports:
…Down went Google.com.
Google went back online that day, but only after hours of work from Mayer, Silverstein, and her new colleagues. She went home at 3 a.m.
Perhaps because of long nights like that one, Mayer and Page eventually grew very close. At one point during Mayer’s early years at Google, she and Page started dating.
And who could forget Google-cofounder Sergey Brin and his affair with a young Google employee? As Vanity Fair recounted in 2014:
Brin, a handsome, compact man with a toned physique, an enviable head of hair, and sparkling brown eyes, left the family’s spread on a $7 million Los Altos lot while dating a Google employee in her mid-20s, Amanda Rosenberg—who, in turn, ditched her boyfriend, then a prized executive at Google’s Android arm, for Brin. Gossip about the situation ricocheted quickly among the upper echelons of the wealthy fortysomethings leading Silicon Valley. Making things even more complicated, Wojcicki, says a friend of the couple’s, considered Rosenberg “a friend.”
Google’s Code of Conduct states romantic relationships between co-workers could pose a “conflict of interest” that could get both partners fired.
Finally, romantic relationships between co-workers can, depending on the work roles and respective positions of the co-workers involved, create an actual or apparent conflict of interest. If a romantic relationship does create an actual or apparent conflict, it may require changes to work arrangements or even the termination of employment of either or both individuals involved. Consult Google’s Employee Handbook for additional guidance on this issue.
What does that have to say about Page, Brin, and Schmidt? Are rules only for little people like James Damore?
Stay tuned for more.
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