Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Amit Singhal, SVP at Uber, Leaving After Failing to Disclose Sexual Harassment Allegation at Google

Kara Swisher, Recode:

According to multiple sources and internal notes read to me, after discussing the claims of an alleged encounter between Singhal and a female employee first with former Google HR head Laszlo Bock and also Google CEO Sundar Pichai in late 2015, he denied those claims at the time. He also apparently stated a number of times that there were two sides to every story.

But, after the Christmas holidays, he then decided to resign himself after a 15-year career there.

Sources said that Google was prepared to fire Singhal over the allegations after looking into the incident, but that it did not have to do so after he resigned.

Sources said the female employee who filed the formal complaint against Singhal did not work for him directly, but worked closely with the search team. She also did not want to go public with the charges, which is apparently why Google decided to allow Singhal to leave quietly.

I find it repulsive that Singhal was allowed to simply quit. He was an SVP at Google, not a low-level employee, and ought to have been fired. Abusing that kind of responsibility and power ought to have consequences.