A, now a former employee, recounts her experiences with sexism and concerns about safety in the workplace.
Less than two weeks ago, Ashley Gjøvik filed a complaint with the equivalent of the US Labor Court, accusing her employer, Apple, of unlawful retaliation. A, now a former employee, recounts her experiences with sexism and safety concerns in the workplace. The company wanted her to stop.
On Thursday, she was fired.
Gjøvik is one of two employees who filed charges against Apple last month at the US National Labor Relations Board, alleging harassment and intimidation by the company. (The agency investigates all allegations and proceeds with those it can prove.) The complaints follow a rare outburst of activism by some Apple employees, who spoke out last month under the hashtag #AppleToo — an open reference to the Me Too movement of Apple. 2017, which toppled powerful men long immune to allegations of misconduct.
Employees, who said they intended to expose patterns of discrimination and abuse within Apple, said this was ignored too long.
In a letter explaining Gjøvik’s dismissal, Apple accuses the (former) senior manager of the engineering program of disclosing , adding that she during the .
Gjøvik, who has publicly accused Apple of ignoring a manager’s harassment and subjecting it to hostile working conditions, said over the phone that she knew nothing about the she was accused of disclosing.
It was Apple, she said, that brushed off her attempts at cooperation.
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The company’s emails shared with the Gizmodo website show that Apple had reached out to Gjøvik via email on Thursday afternoon asking to with . “We are investigating a sensitive intellectual property matter that we would like to speak with you about,” read the first email she received.
Gjøvik replied minutes later, with a caveat: She wanted to keep the communication by email, “We’ll keep everything in writing, please”.
Almost an hour passed. When Apple responded, it appeared to totally ignore Gjøvik’s request — and the enthusiastic agreement to cooperate. the response read.
Gjøvik reiterated: “As mentioned, I am willing to participate in the investigation”, adding: “I have offered to help via email to ensure we have a document of our conversations, considering everything that is currently happening with workers’ grievances. ”
Gjøvik added: “I would like the opportunity to resolve any real issues. Please let me know what the issues are so I can make a good faith attempt to clarify. ” If the company continued to vaguely refer to accusations against her, he wrote, he would consider this further evidence of retaliation.
Apple’s email responses stopped. Hours later, she was unemployed.
The termination letter repeats the same ambiguous accusation and points out that the former employee
In a statement to The Verge, the company points out that it does not comment on “Employee-specific matters”.
We know Apple is big and has a lot of power, but we hope that doesn’t mean it’s above the law. Let’s see how the situation unfolds.