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Google Reckoning With History of Interoffice Romance by Top Execs

The romantic relationships within the walls of Google made ideal fodder for gossip columns and magazine profiles.

Co-founder Larry Page dated Google lieutenant Marissa Mayer in the company’s early days, and co-founder Sergey Brin later drew attention for dating Amanda Rosenberg, a younger colleague. CEO Eric Schmidt dated publicist Marcy Simon when she did work for Google. The stories had sex, money and power against a backdrop of one of the world’s largest tech empires. It was like something out of a rebooted soap opera—Dynasty 2.0.

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In late 2016, as previously reported by Bloomberg, some employees began sharing stories of harassment on an anonymous internal message board called Yes, at Google. The stories range from the mundane to the severe, and serve as a reminder that, like most large companies, Google still has work to do in stamping out bad behavior.

 

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