The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found justification for complaints that Apple senior management violated national labor laws. The findings come after the NLRB found that Apple illegally interfered with labor organizing in US retail stores. new york city When Atlanta.
These charges are Ashley Gjøvikformer Senior Engineer Program Manager at Apple.
In an email to TechCrunch, Gjøvik said Apple’s employment policy “forced silence of Apple employees to engage in protected activities with overly broad and vague terms and the implication of constant surveillance.” It cools them down from that.”
Gjøvik has submitted a number of documents, including an email from CEO Tim Cook, as part of the NLRB complaint.through a journalist live tweet At Apple’s all-hands meeting in September 2021, Cook sent a memo to staff expressing frustration over the leak to the media.
“We want to let you know that we are doing everything in our power to identify the leaker. As you know, we do not tolerate the disclosure of confidential information, whether it is product IP or confidential meeting details.” Mr. Cook writes. “We know the leakers are a small group of people, and we also know that anyone who leaks confidential information does not belong here.”
An NLRB representative told TechCrunch that Apple’s work rules, handbook rules, and confidentiality rules “tend to hinder, discourage, or enforce employee rights to protected collective activities.” According to labor law, this “protected“Activity” refers to actions such as speaking to the media or talking openly with colleagues about pay and benefits. It is illegal for an employer to threaten or question an employee about their participation in these actions.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment on the NLRB’s findings.
Even when Gjøvik was still an Apple employee, he spoke out against the sexism he experienced at work and the way Apple monitored its employees. last year, Reported by TechCrunch Gjøvik’s whistleblower complaint about Gobbler (aka Glimmer), an app that collects biometric data. This was clearly part of Face ID’s product development process. According to her complaint she filed with an international watchdog, Gjøvik was made to feel that testing of her Gobbler app was mandatory.
“Apple pressured employees to upload ‘facial photo data’ to Apple’s internal servers, took secret photos and videos of employees, and facial-related logs were automatically uploaded daily from iPhones. I told my employees,” Gjøvik claimed at the time.She added that it was not clear which of her data was being uploaded or which organizations within Apple’s corporate structure had access to her personal information. The Verge reportedApple employees are often systematically prohibited from maintaining separate work and personal mobile phones and Apple IDs.
Gjøvik was fired from Apple in September 2021 for leaking confidential information. She told TechCrunch that she believes she was fired in retaliation. Reporting to EPA her office triple sight of Silicon Valley Toxic Wastewhere cracks in the floor exposed employees to carcinogenic gases.
The NLRB has yet to make a decision on Gjøvik’s complaint that he was wrongfully dismissed in retaliation for speaking out about working conditions.
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