Apple is facing growing unrest from its ranks
Apple, dealing with growing unrest within its ranks, has fired an employee who helped lead a movement that encouraged workers to share their concerns about the tech giant.
Janneke Parrish, who worked as a program manager for Apple’s Maps service in the Austin, Texas area, is no longer with the company, according to her lawyer. “I can confirm that she is no longer with Apple, but can not comment at this time,” said Vincent White, an employment discrimination lawyer at White, Hilferty & Albanese.
Parrish was fired after deleting apps and files from her work devices during an internal probe, according to the Verge. It is unclear what caused Parrish’s review, but it is possible that the former employee who spoke to the media led the investigation. Parrish was quoted as discussing an internal meeting of the New York Times in September.
After that meeting, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook sent an e-mail to employees complaining that details about the meeting were shared with the media. Cook said he had heard from many employees who were “incredibly frustrated to see the contents of the meeting leaked to reporters,” according to the memo reported by Bloomberg News last month.
Parrish, who ran for city council in Round Rock, Texas this year, helped spearhead the #AppleToo movement, prompting Apple employees to talk about inconsistent pay, lack of transparency and other issues on the work floor.
Apple declined to comment on the details of the case “out of respect for the privacy of all involved.”
“We are and always have been deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace,” the company in Cupertino, California, said in a statement. “We take all concerns seriously and we investigate in depth if there are any concerns.”
Parrish tweeted the Verge story about her shooting on Friday, saying, “There are consequences to speaking. There are consequences to doing the right thing.”
The #AppleToo movement is “about asking Apple to do better, end systemic discrimination, abuse and inequality,” she said.
Last month, Apple fired Ashley Gjovik, a senior engineering program manager, for what the company told her was a corporate policy violation. Before leaving, Gjovik filed complaints with state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as the National Labor Relations Board.
Earlier this week, Gjovik claimed in notices with the NLRB that Cook’s email about the meeting violated the National Labor Relations Act, which protects the right of American workers to communicate with each other and participate in collective bargaining. action on workplace issues.