An Apple project manager who co-founded a protest movement against the company has been fired for ‘non-compliance’.
Janneke Parrish, a program manager for Apple Maps in Austin, Texas, was one of two company employees to set up a complaints forum.
She was fired on Thursday, with Apple blaming her layoff for removing some apps from her work phone.
Parrish, 30, was sure her resignation was a result of her leading the dissent.
“There are consequences to being spoken. There are consequences to doing the right thing,” she tweeted Friday.
“But we’re doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. #AppleToo is about asking Apple to do better, to end systematic discrimination, abuse and wage inequality.
‘Do the right thing.’
Janneke Parrish, a program manager for Apple Maps in Austin, Texas, was fired on Thursday. She was a leader of the ‘AppleToo’ protest movement and said her resignation was the result of her activism to highlight harassment and discrimination. Apple said she was fired for removing apps and documents from her work devices before handing them over
Parrish co-founded the #AppleToo protest movement, which demanded the company drive ‘systemic change in the workplace’
Parrish said an Apple attorney and a human resources representative told her during a phone call on Thursday that she was being fired.
They said it was because she deleted files from her company computer and phone before handing them over for investigation, but she said the apps and documents contained personal and financial information that she did not want to share.
She told The New York Times that she deleted screenshots of, say, programming errors she was trying to fix.
She said she also removed the Robinhood stock trading app because she didn’t want Apple to see “how much money I lost investing in GameStop” and the Pokemon Go game app because “I was a little embarrassed that I played Pokemon Go’.
Parrish said she was being investigated because company officials believed she had leaked a recording of an Apple staff meeting to the media, which she said she hadn’t.
Parrish and Cher Scarlett, an Apple software engineer, launched a website in August where employees across the company can submit stories about harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Apple has evaded public scrutiny for too long.
“When we push for accountability and redress for the ongoing injustices we see or experience in our workplace, we are faced with a pattern of isolation, degradation and gaslighting.
‘Not anymore. We have exhausted all internal possibilities. We have spoken to our leadership. We went to the People team. We escalated through Business Conduct. Nothing has changed.’
Cher Scarlett, who worked with Parrish to publicize allegations of workplace complaints at Apple, still works for the company. She said Apple doesn’t care about its employees
Scarlett, who still works for Apple, told The Washington Post on Thursday: “Apple doesn’t care about its employees. It’s about money.
“Maybe that’s capitalism, and that’s just how companies are. But I can’t live my life by accepting it and not saying anything about it.’
Ashley Gjovik was fired in September after she allegedly leaked information about an internal meeting to The Verge. She is suing Apple for their working conditions
Apple has declined to comment on Parrish’s resignation, but said it took complaints of harassment or discrimination seriously.
“We have been and have always been deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace,” said Josh Rosenstock, an Apple spokesperson, in a statement.
“We take all concerns seriously and investigate thoroughly when a concern is raised and, out of respect for the privacy of all concerned, we do not discuss specific employee matters.”
Parrish was fired a month after another employee, Ashley Gjovik, allegedly leaked confidential information from an internal September 17 meeting, details of which were reported in The Verge.
Gjovik, a senior engineering program manager, has been tweeting allegations of a toxic work environment for months.
Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a note to all Apple employees in September stating that “people who leak confidential information don’t belong” with Apple.
He also said the company was “doing everything in our power to identify those who leaked.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook has said the company is working to identify individuals who have leaked confidential material to the media.