Apple Allegedly Violated Employee Rights in US. According to Bloomberg, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has decided that Apple’s policies regarding leaks are unconstitutional. A spokeswoman for Apple stated in a statement that the company’s actions and leadership statements “tend to interfere with, impede or force employees” from exercising their rights. Apple Allegedly Violated Employee Rights with its hard rules.
Apple Allegedly Violated Employee Rights
Cher Scarlett and Ashley Gjvik, two former employees, filed complaints that led to the ruling. In breach of labour regulations, according to Scarlett, Apple work policies “prohibit employees from discussing salary, hours, or other terms or circumstances of employment.”
While this was going on, Gjvik claimed that an email sent by CEO Tim Cook threatening to penalise leakers was against the law. Gjvik claimed that Apple’s prohibitions against employees talking to media, revealing company secrets, and other actions were unlawful.
Tim Cook stated in the email that “those who leak sensitive information do not belong here” and that “we do not accept disclosures of secret information, whether it’s product IP or the contents of a confidential meeting.” That was in response to a journalist effectively tweeting live during a company-wide meeting, as TechCrunch observed.
NLRB Might File A Complaint Against Apple
In the absence of a settlement, the NLRB will file a complaint against Apple, the spokeswoman warned. Although Apple has not yet responded, a company lawyer previously stated that the company “fosters an open and inclusive work environment whereby employees are not just permitted, but encouraged, to share their feelings and thoughts on a range of issues, from social justice topics to pay equity to anything else they feel is an important cause to promote in the workplace.”
Gjvik was let off by Apple in 2021 for disclosing private information, and she claimed to TechCrunch that she believes her termination was motivated by her filing an EPA report concerning harmful smells at her workplace. She protested to the NLRB that her termination was unlawful, but the board has not yet made a decision on the matter.
Apple was recently found to have broken the law by holding anti-union meetings in Atlanta, according to the NLRB. In a filing with the SEC earlier this month, Apple stated that it would evaluate its “efforts to comply with its Human Rights Policy as it relates to workers’ freedom of association and collective bargaining rights in the United States by the end of calendar year 2023.” Apple agreed to review its labour practises.
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