Apple Worker Says She Was Fired for Leading Movement Against Workplace Harassment


An Apple employee who led fellow employees in publicly sharing what they called harassment and discrimination at the company said on Thursday that she had been fired.

Janne’s Parish, and Apple program manager said iPhone The producer informed her on Thursday that she had been fired for removing material on company equipment while she was investigating leaks of a company town hall to the media. She told Reuters she denies the leaks.

Parish said it removed apps that contained details of his finances and other personal information before handing over his devices to Apple as part of the investigation.

Parish said he believes he was fired for his activism in the workplace.

“To me, it seems clearly counterintuitive to the fact that I was speaking out about the abuses I faced at my employer, pay equity and, generally, the conditions in our workplace,” she said. . Apple said Friday that it does not discuss specific employee matters.

Apple has experienced other instances of employee unrest recently. Last month, two Apple employees told Reuters they had charge filed Against the company with the National Labor Relations Board. The employees accused Apple of seeking retaliation and stifling salary discussions among employees, among other allegations.

Apple has said it is “deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace” and that it takes “all concerns” from employees seriously.

US law protects employees’ right to openly discuss certain topics, including working conditions, discrimination and equal pay.

Over the summer, current and former employees of Apple began to elaborate on social media about what they said were experiences of harassment and discrimination. Parish and some associates began publishing stories in a weekly digest called ‘#AppleToo’ on social media and a publishing platform.

Parish said she was careful to respect the company’s rules and never share information she considered confidential. She said she continued to publish the ‘#AppleToo’ digest even after she came under scrutiny in late September.

“If anything, the importance of that work has been made clearer than ever when Apple’s response to criticism is to launch an internal investigation into the people it wants to see,” she said. “It’s easier for them to end people than it is for them to actually listen.”

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