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Apple sacks employee who led anti-harassment effort: report

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The Apple employee said that he was fired by the company. (Representative)

San Francisco:

An Apple employee who led fellow employees to publicly share harassment and discrimination at the company said Thursday that she was fired.

Apple program manager Janneke Parish said the iPhone maker informed her on Thursday that she was terminated for removing content on the company’s devices while she was investigating a company town hall leak to the media, which He told the New York Times. He did not.

Parish told Reuters that he 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, more 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 filed charges against the company with the National Labor Relations Board. The employees accused Apple of withholding salary discussions between employees and retaliated, 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.”

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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