Employee fired by Apple files NLRB charge alleging retaliation by iPhone maker


An Apple employee who was fired last month after raising concerns about the company’s treatment of its workers submitted allegations to the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday.



Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., speaks during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, U.S., on Monday, June 4, 2018. Besides the usual updates across its operating systems, including iOS, MacOS, WatchOS and TVOS, Apple may use the event to unveil new ARKit capabilities, enhanced features for Watch app developers, a usage control tool and an improved version of Siri.


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Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., speaks during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, California, U.S., on Monday, June 4, 2018. Besides the usual updates across its operating systems, including iOS, MacOS, WatchOS and TVOS, Apple may use the event to unveil new ARKit capabilities, enhanced features for Watch app developers, a usage control tool and an improved version of Siri.

Janneke Parrish, who was a product manager on Apple Maps in Austin, helped launch #AppleToo, a movement aimed at improving working conditions at the company. While the company told her she was fired for deleting apps and files from a company phone during a company investigation, she thinks it’s because of her activism.

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Parrish is at least the third corporate Apple employee to file an NLRB “charge,” or an allegation of a violation of the National Labor Relations Act, against the company in recent months, a sign that the iPhone maker is facing increasing scrutiny over its labor practices. If the NLRB finds merit in Parrish’s charge, the agency can file a complaint and seek remedies.

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“Apple Inc. terminated Parrish’s employment … in attempt to nip-in-the-bud the successful organizing campaign that Parrish and her coworkers established to address and redress employees’ workplace concerns,” Parrish wrote in the charge, which was reviewed by The Washington Post.

Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock has previously said the company has “always been deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace.” He said the company doesn’t discuss specific employee matters out of respect for privacy. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Big technology companies are facing a wave of employee activism that aims to improve diversity and reduce discrimination…

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