Apple employee says she was fired after main motion towards harassment By Reuters
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – An Apple (NASDAQ 🙂 employee who directed her colleagues to publicly share cases of harassment and discrimination within the company said she was fired on Thursday.
Janneke Parrish, an Apple program manager, said the iPhone maker informed her Thursday that she had been fired for deleting material on company devices while she was under investigation for a company town hall leak to the media. She told Reuters she denied it leaked.
Parrish said she deleted apps that contained details of her finances and other personal information before handing her devices over to Apple as part of the investigation.
Parrish said she believed she was fired for her work activism.
“To me, this seems to be a clear retaliation for the fact that I have spoken about abuses at my employer, wage equity and our working conditions in general,” she said.
Apple said Friday that it is not discussing specific employee matters.
Apple recently saw more examples of employee unrest. Last month, two Apple employees told Reuters that they had attacked https://www.reuters.com/technology/us-national-labor-relations-board-investigating-two-complaints-apple-workers-2021-09- 02 The company had brought charges with the National Labor Relations Board. The workers accused Apple, among other things, of retaliation and the suspension of the wage discussion among employees.
Apple has stated that it “strives to create and maintain a positive and inclusive workplace,” and that it takes “all concerns” of employees seriously.
US law protects the right of employees to openly discuss certain topics, including working conditions, discrimination, and equal pay.
Over the summer, current and former Apple employees began sharing their experiences of harassment and discrimination on social media. Parrish and a few colleagues began posting the stories in a weekly digest called “#AppleToo” on social media and a posting platform.
Parrish said she was careful to respect company rules and never shared any information she believed was confidential. She said she continued to publish the #AppleToo executive summary after it was investigated in late September.
“If anything, the importance of this work becomes clearer than ever when Apple responds to criticism by opening internal investigations into those who want it to go away,” she said. “It’s easier for them to quit people than to actually listen to them.”
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