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Apple fires manager for alleged leaks after sexism claims

Apple has reportedly fired Ashley Gjøvik, a senior engineering program manager, for allegedly leaking non-public company info.

Gjøvik, who’s been on the company since 2015, told The Verge that she discovered Thursday her employment at Apple was being terminated, efficient Friday.

The firing comes months after she went public with accusations of harassment, sexism and intimidation at Apple, claiming that senior workers saved a whiteboard tally of votes on methods to make her “life a living hell,” and weeks after she filed formal complaints with federal regulators.

Gjøvik has additionally mentioned she was often excluded from essential emails, and that some bosses would peer-pressure workers into consuming alcohol throughout work hours. 

Gjøvik first raised considerations in March that her office was in an Apple constructing on a superfund website, the place there’s a historical past of waste contamination.

She was positioned on administrative depart in August whereas the company investigated a few of her allegations. And later that month, she filed a formal complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, which is investigating the matter.

Ashley Gjøvik claimed that some bosses peer-pressured workers into consuming throughout work.
REUTERS/Mike Segar

She’s mentioned she additionally filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, California’s labor commissioner’s office and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Now, she mentioned, Apple has fired her for allegedly violating company coverage on leaking non-public info, a number of shops reported.

“When I began raising workplace safety concerns in March, and nearly immediately faced retaliation and intimidation, I started preparing myself for something exactly like this to happen,” she told The Verge. “I’m disappointed that a company I have loved since I was a little girl would treat their employees this way.”

Gjøvik on Thursday documented a few of her interactions with Apple main as much as her firing on Twitter.

She posted a picture late Thursday on Twitter that appeared to indicate a member of Apple’s worker relations crew reaching out to her a couple of “sensitive intellectual property matter” and needed to talk together with her inside an hour.

Ashley Gjøvik says that Apple fired her for allegedly violating company coverage on leaking non-public info.

Gjøvik responded by saying that she was forwarding the e-mail to the NLRB investigator and that she needed to maintain all communication in written kind.

The Apple worker allegedly mentioned Gjøvik was selecting to not take part and that they might act on the knowledge that they had. “Given the seriousness of these allegations,” the picture of the e-mail reads, that may imply suspending Gjøvik’s entry to Apple programs.

Hours later, Gjøvik was instructed in an electronic mail that her employment at Apple was being terminated, efficient Friday, she instructed The Verge.

“We are and have always been deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace,” Apple mentioned in an announcement to the outlet. “We take all concerns seriously and we thoroughly investigate whenever a concern is raised and, out of respect for the privacy of any individuals involved, we do not discuss specific employee matters.”