Apple employee, who spoke out on discrimination, fired | Business and Economy News
Janneke Parrish helped lead the #AppleToo movement to help employees speak out against discrimination in the workplace.
An Apple employee who led her colleagues to publicly share cases of harassment and discrimination at the company said she was fired.
Janneke Parrish, head of the Apple program in the United States, said the iPhone maker informed her on Thursday that she had been fired for removing material from the company’s equipment while she was doing the subject of an investigation into a city hall leak from a company to the media. She told Reuters that she denies being responsible for the leak.
Parrish said she removed apps with details about her finances and other personal information before turning her devices over to Apple as part of the investigation.
Parrish, who ran for Round Rock, Texas city council this year, helped lead the #AppleToo movement, which has led Apple employees to speak out against inconsistent salaries, a lack of transparency and other problems in the workplace. She said she believed she was fired for her workplace activism.
“To me, this clearly seems retaliation for my denouncing the abuses that have occurred at my employer, pay equity and, in general, our working conditions,” she said.
Apple said on Friday it was not discussing specific employee issues.
Apple has seen other examples of employee unrest recently. Last month, two Apple employees told Reuters they filed a complaint against the company with the National Labor Relations Board. The workers accused Apple of retaliation and disrupting the discussion of wages among employees, among other allegations.
U.S. law protects the right of employees to openly discuss certain matters, including working conditions, discrimination, and equal pay.
Apple said it is “deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace” and takes “all concerns” of employees seriously.
Parrish said she was careful to follow company rules and never shared any information she believed was confidential. She said she continued to post the #AppleToo digest after being investigated in late September.
“On the contrary, it has made the importance of this work clearer than ever, when Apple’s response to criticism is to launch internal investigations into those it wants to see disappear,” she said. “It’s easier for them to fire people than to actually listen. “