Andy Rubin
Andy Rubin

Sitrick & Co. represents Andy Rubin, one of Silicon Valley's top technologists, who has taken a leave of absence from his smartphone company Essential.

The leave follows a report that Rubin carried on an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate while he was at Google.

The Information technology website reported that Rubin, who is credited with helping to create the Android operating system for mobile phones/tablets, left Google after a nine-year run following an internal investigation triggered by an employee's complaint.

Mike Sitrick said Rubin did no wrong and left Google for reasons unrelated to either the complaint or probe.

He told The Information that any relationship that Rubin may have had at Google was consensual and didn't involve anybody who reported directly to him.

Essential said founder/CEO Rubin asked for a leave to "deal with personal matters."

Niccolo DeMasi, president, will continue to run day-to-day operations at the Palo Alto-based company.