Apple reportedly just fired another employee who brought attention to issues at the company

Apple reportedly just fired another employee who brought attention to issues at the company
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Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers a keynote during the European Union's privacy conference at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium October 24, 2018.
Apple CEO Tim Cook. Yves Herman/Reuters
  • Apple just fired a staffer who helped organize employees at the company, The Verge reported.

  • Janneke Parrish was an Apple Maps program manager who helped create the #AppleToo worker movement.

  • Apple recently fired another staffer who complained of intimidation. Apple said she leaked confidential information.

Apple has reportedly fired an Apple Maps program manager who was one of the organizers of an internal worker movement, according to a report from The Verge.

Janneke Parrish was part of the group of Apple staff who created the #AppleToo website, which enabled staff across the company to report personal stories that could "help expose persistent patterns of racism, sexism, inequity, discrimination, intimidation, suppression, coercion, abuse, unfair punishment, and unchecked privilege."

According to The Verge, Parrish was fired "for deleting files off of her work devices during an internal investigation." The files in question are said to be apps, and only three are named: Robinhood, Google Drive, and Pokemon Go.

Parrish is the second employee to have been let go in recent months who was tied to ongoing reports of internal strife at the notoriously secretive company.

In mid-September, Ashley Gjøvik was fired for what Apple said was disclosing "confidential product-related information" and added that she had failed to comply with an investigatory process, Gizmodo recently reported. Gjøvik's email correspondence with Apple management published by Gizmodo suggests that she was willing to comply with the investigation.

The information that Gjøvik reportedly leaked included complaints of harassment and of Apple's employee-monitoring app Glimmer that Gjøvik posted to social media. Apple said these social media posts included the company's intellectual property.

Apple didn't respond to a request for comment as of publishing. Through her lawyer, Parrish confirmed she is no longer employed at Apple but declined further comment.

(This story has been subsequently corrected to clarify the circumstances of Gjøvik's departure from Apple).

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