Apple is facing questions about how it copes with sexism in the workplace after it let an employee go on leave after tweets about its experience in the company. Ashley Gjøvik, a senior engineering program manager at Apple, says she has talked to Apple for months about precarious working conditions, sexism and a hostile work environment.
Her comments were first reported by The Verge, noting that the company had concluded a preliminary investigation into Gjøvik ‘s allegations – apparently without taking any action. Gjøvik said Apple initially responded to her complaints about sexism she seeks “accommodation with a disability”.
She was placed on “indefinitely paid administrative leave” on Wednesday while Apple conducts a new investigation. In a statement to The Verge, said the company “implied that they didn’t want me at Slack, where I was vocal about my concerns about certain policies in the company.”
In a series of tweets, Gjøvik cited several examples of interactions she drew the attention of Apple employees, who allegedly told her the behavior was “okay”. In one exchange, a manager commented on her “tone” in presentations and said, “I didn’t hear you go for an octave at the end of your statements.” She added that comments about her tone were also included in the review at one point during the year.
She that Apple employees told her she was “okay” after she received complaints that the diversity training she was conducting was “too difficult for a white man”. In , she said that the “sincere email” in which the leadership was asked to “support women and condemn sexism and sexual assault” in 2018 was removed – an interaction in which relations with the company’s employees also said that it was OK.
“We are and have always been committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace,” an Apple spokesman said in a statement. “We take all issues seriously and investigate them thoroughly whenever concerns arise, and out of respect for the privacy of all the individuals involved, we do not discuss specific employee issues.”
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