According to Ms. Ashley M. Gjovik, senior engineering program manager, the Apple employee relations team placed her on an indefinite paid leave after raising concerns about a hostile office.
“So, following raising concerns to #Apple regarding #sexism, #hostileworkenvironment, and #unsafework conditions, I am now on an indefinite paid administrative leave as per #Apple employee relations, while they are investigating my concerns. This seems to include, me not being able to use Apple’s internal Slack,” she wrote in a tweet.
She told “The Verge” that for several months, she has been raising concerns with Apple’s employee relations related to “years of experiences with sexism, a hostile workplace, unsafe working conditions, sexual harassment, and retaliation”.
“I asked them to reduce the hostility in the work environment while they investigate, and they primarily offered me an EAP therapy and medical leave. I then told them that it made no sense, so they said they should talk to my leader and set up oversight and boundaries,” Ms. Gjovik was quoted as saying. Apple did not react to her claims. “They also implied that they did not want me to meet one-on-one with other women at the firm about their concerns with Apple’s policies, which I had been doing previously,” she claimed.
This is the second time that company has investigated Ms. Gjovik’s claims about sex discrimination.
“The employee relations team closed an investigation earlier, allegedly finding that nothing was wrong, prompting Ms. Gjovik to tweet screenshots with what she says is just a small portion of what she experienced,” according to the report.
In May 2021, Apple, which hired ex-Facebook product manager Mr. Antonio Garcia Martinez, fired him following public and internal calls for removal and investigation due to the alleged misogynistic statements he had made in the past.
Mr. Martinez authored a controversial book about Silicon Valley where he expressed misogynistic views on women.
Shortly after the petition began circulating internally at Apple, Mr. Martinez’s Slack account was deactivated.
“At the firm, we have always strived towards creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace where everyone is respected and accepted. Behavior that demeans or discriminates against people for who they are has no place here,” a company spokesperson stated.