Removed co-leaders of the #AppleToo labor activist group to file federal complaints
One of the two recognized leaders of Apple’s staff activist group has been fired.
Jane Parish, program manager at Apple Paul Maps, which operates in Austin, Texas, said she was fired Thursday. She is one of the co-founders of an employee group that launched the #AppleToo website this summer and began publishing stories of former and current Apple employees about the medium and harassment and discrimination.
“I believe this is retaliation. Someone is not openly speaking out against Apple and is expected to be ignored,” Parish told USA Today. Her shooting first occurred in an interview with The Verge.
More than 500 people have come forward about workplace issues, Parish and Cher Scarlett, another Apple employee who helped start the group, told The New York Times, which confirmed Parish’s shooting.
Parish said an internal inquiry into Apple began last month after audio of an all-staff meeting with CEO Tim Cook was leaked to The Verge and The New York Times. She was told the company suspected she had a feed leak, Parish told The Verge. She was suspended Oct. 8, she said. Then on October 14, Parish said she was told she had been removed for deleting files on the company’s equipment.
“I think when I came to investigate, there was an excuse to find something they could use to find me,” Parish said. “Before turning on my devices, I removed some of my personal data from these devices, because, my private conversations … they are not Apple’s business. Also, my financial information on apps like Robinhood is not Apple’s business. Because I deleted files from my devices before That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. “
In response to a question about the Parish shooting, Apple sent a statement to USA Today: “We are always committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace. We take all concerns seriously and investigate them whenever concerns arise. We do not discuss specific employee matters without respecting the privacy of individuals. ”
This is the latest case involving Apple Pal and staff concerns. Prior to the parish shooting, her comments appeared in a Washington Post story about Scarlett, who is on medical leave from the company. The Washington Post has also confirmed Parish’s shooting.
In that story, Scarlett said she tried to see if there was a pay gap for Apple Paul employees across the country, which angered some other employees. She said some accused the company of leaking confidential information to journalists using Slack channels – Scarlett told the Post that she did not.
She has since hired a lawyer and tried to go on paid medical leave because of the consequences of the allegations on her health.
Apple Corps also recently fired Ash Shelley Gevic, who was suspended in early August after expressing concern about workplace safety due to workplace pollution. Following her suspension, she says she filed workplace 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.
In documents shared by Gjøvik with Bloomberg, Apple claimed that the senior engineering program manager was terminated for violating policies, including not cooperating in the investigation and not disclosing confidential product information. Gajovic said she was fired in retaliation for reporting concerns about work conditions to the government and the press and for holding them with staff.
The AppAppToo movement was sparked by employee outrage in May 2021 over the appointment of Antonio Garcia Martinez, former Facebook product manager and author of the book “Chaos Monkeys”.
The letter, signed by more than 2,000 employees and sent to Apple Paul management, “expresses concern about the misrepresentation in its autobiography – such as ‘most women in the Gulf region are soft and weak, innocent and naive, despite their worldly claims, and generally full shit,'” The Verge said. Reported on time.
“It was a moment when we realized that employee activism can make a difference, our voice to unite with each other can have a positive impact on our work at Apple,” Parish said. But remote work advocacy issues – Apple Paul’s ability to advance staff and pay equity if not in its Cupertino, California headquarters “have not received a positive response from the leadership,” she said.
Vincent White, a lawyer in White, Hilferti and Albany in New York City, said the parish plans to file a complaint in court and possibly with federal agencies. He said: “It’s clear Apple has forgotten the moment, no matter how rich your company is