On Thursday, an Apple employee who led colleagues to publicly share the company’s alleged harassment and discrimination incidents said that she had been fired.
Apple project manager Janneke Parrish said that the iPhone manufacturer notified her on Thursday that she was fired for deleting materials on the company’s device while she was under investigation by the company’s city hall for leaks to the media. She told Reuters that she denied leaks.
Parrish said that as part of the investigation, before handing over her device to Apple, she deleted the app that contained her financial details and other personal information.
Parrish said she thought she was fired because of her activism in the workplace.
She said: “For me, this is obviously retaliation for the fact that I openly talked about my employer’s abuse, pay fairness, and our workplace conditions.” Apple said on Friday that it would not discuss specific employees. problem.
Apple has recently experienced other instances of employee riots. Last month, two Apple employees told Reuters that they had filed a lawsuit against the company with the National Labor Relations Commission. The workers accused Apple of retaliating and stopped discussing compensation issues among employees, as well as other allegations.
Apple stated that it is “firmly committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace” and takes “all concerns” of its employees seriously.
U.S. law protects the right of employees to discuss certain topics publicly, including working conditions, discrimination, and equal pay for equal work.
This summer, current and former employees of Apple began to describe their experiences of harassment and discrimination in detail on social media. Parrish and some colleagues began to publish these stories on social media and publishing platforms in a weekly digest called “#AppleToo”.
Parrish said she was careful to respect the company’s rules and never shared information that she thought was confidential. She said that after being investigated at the end of September, she continued to publish the “#AppleToo” summary.
“If anything, it is more aware of the importance of this work than ever before, when Apple responded to criticism by starting an internal investigation of those people it wanted to see,” she said. “It is easier for them to execute people than to really listen.”
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