The Verge reports that Apple has fired another female employee for allegedly impeding an investigation. Janneke Parrish, a program manager on Apple Maps and a leader of the #AppleToo movement, was terminated for deleting apps like Google Drive, Robinhood, and Pokémon GO off her work phone during an internal investigation.
This makes Parrish the second female employee to be fired in the past two months. In September, the company fired Ashley Gjøvik, a software engineer after she failed to attend a discussion on ” a sensitive Intellectual Property matter.” Gjøvik had blasted Apple publically for ignoring sexism and filed a complaint at the U.S. National Labor Agency (NLA) for alleged discrimination and harassment at the company. She also helped in organizing the #AppleToo movement which aims to put the spotlight on employees issues like sexual harassment, discrimination, pay inequality, and more.
Employees believe the Maps’ program manager was fired for organizing the #AppleToo movement
As per the report, Janneke Parrish’s action was categorized as “non-compliance” for which she was terminated. Although her lawyer only confirmed Parrish end of employment at the company, internally employees believe that “Parrish’s firing could be anything other than retaliation for organizing.”
In August, Parrish and engineer Cher Scarlett began sharing stories of ill-treatment and discrimination faced by retail and corporate employees at Apple. The Verge claims that “Scarlett is currently on paid medical leave due to internal harassment she’s received while advocating for remote work and pay transparency.” She has filed a complaint against the company at NLA.
Without evidence, we can not side with either Apple or the aggrieved employees, but we are certain that these issues are not good for the company’s image.