Lawsuit Claims Tim Cook’s Anti-Leak Email Broke The Law
Apple is the target of yet another lawsuit, as an ex-employee claims that CEO Tim Cook’s pledge to punish those who leaked sensitive company information, as well as the company’s employee handbook rules, breaks U.S. law.
Former Apple employee Ashley Gjovik claimed an all-staff email sent last month by Cook, saying “people who leak confidential information do not belong here,” violated the National Labor Relations Act, which protects workers’ rights to communicate freely between each other, and to organise over workplace issues.
Cook’s email said “we do not tolerate disclosures of confidential information, whether it’s product IP or the details of a confidential meeting”, and that the company was “doing everything in our power to identify those who leaked.”
Gjovik was a senior engineering program manager at Apple before being fired in September.
Apple claimed she violated policies laid out in the employee handbook, while Gjovik says her dismissal was in retaliation for previous complaints made to HR, which then lead to harassment within the company.