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NEW DELHI: Apple has reportedly fired Janneke Parrish, a leader of the #AppleToo movement. According to a report in The Verge, Parrish, a program manager on Apple Maps, was terminated for deleting files off of her work devices during an internal investigation — an action Apple categorized as “non-compliance.” Quoting sources aware of the matter, the files included apps like Robinhood, Pokémon GO and Google Drive. It is not clear what relation these apps had to the company’s investigation against Parrish.
The #AppleToo movement is belived to have been set up to give Apple employees a way to share stories about workplace harassment and discrimination. Apple employees wishing to submit such stories can continue to do so via the #AppleToo website.
Parrish is the second employee linked to #AppleToo movement to be sacked in recent months. In September, Apple reportedly fired Ashley Gjovik for allegedly leaking confidential information. Gjovik is said to have filed multiple charges with the NLRB related to how Apple treated her. She also alleged that Apple CEO Tim Cook’s anti-leaking memo may violate US labor law.
Days after the launch of Apple’s latest-generation iPhones, iPhone 13 series, Cook sent an email to the company’s employees that said that those who leak the internal memos do not belong at Apple.
Here’s the full text of Cook’s email as it appeared in The Verge.
Read the full transcription of Cook’s email:
Dear Team,
It was great to connect with you at the global employee meeting on Friday. There was much to celebrate, from our remarkable new product line-up to our values driven work around climate change, racial equity, and privacy. It was a good opportunity to reflect on our many accomplishments and to have a discussion about what’s been on your mind.
I’m writing today because I’ve heard from so many of you were were incredibly frustrated to see the contents of the meeting leak to reporters. This comes after a product launch in which most of the details of our announcements were also leaked to the press.
I want you to know that I share your frustration. These opportunities to connect as a team are really important. But they only work if we can trust that the content will stay within Apple. I want to reassure you that we are doing everything in our power to identify those who leaked. As you know, we do not tolerate disclosures of confidential information, whether it’s product IP or the details of a confidential meeting. We know that the leakers constitute a small number of people. We also know that people who leak confidential information do not belong here.
As we look forward, I want to thank you for all you’ve done to make our products a reality and all you will do to get them into customers’ hands. Yesterday we released iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8, and Friday marks the moment when we share some of our incredible new products with the world. There’s nothing better than that. We’ll continue to measure our contributions in the lives we change, the connections we foster, and the work we do to leave the world a better place.
Thank you,
Tim

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