Apple Fires Employee Claiming Leak, She Files Multiple Suits
Ex-Apple employee Ashley Gjovik claims she was fired from the company in retaliation for “raising concerns about work conditions”, which has led her to file a wrongful dismissal suit against the tech giant.
Apple said, in documents sent to Gjovik, it terminated her employment for “violating policies including the disclosure of confidential product-related information.”
Gjovik, was a senior engineering program manager at the company, who raised concerns that her office had been polluted. Her complaint, filed with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board last month, says after she voiced her pollution fears, she was harassed by management, forced to take paid leave, and ultimately sacked.
“I’m really disappointed because I love Apple,” she told Bloomberg. “It’s incredibly frustrating that I knew this was coming since March when I started raising concerns about work conditions.”
Gjovik also filed complaints with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
“We are and have always been deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace,” Apple said, claiming it won’t discuss any individual employee matters, for privacy reasons.
“We take all concerns seriously and we thoroughly investigate whenever a concern is raised.”
Gjovik alleged Apple’s HR department “asked I not share my concerns with other employees” when she brought up the pollution issue.
“I have to think they know that I’m not going to let it go,” she explains to Bloomberg.
“I still am very much devoted to holding them accountable for this and trying to make things better for my colleagues and other people in workplaces like this.”