According to employees, Apple needs to take better action against structural problems and disadvantage in the workplace: Several employees have come together to collect reports of discrimination and harassment under the hashtag #AppleToo. Apple’s culture of secrecy creates an “intimidating fortress” for some employees – especially minorities – and complaints are not heard internally. Discussions with managers, the HR department and Business Conduct would not have brought any improvement, which is why it is now being made public.
Bad experiences should be documented
Apple employees are encouraged to share experiences about “racism, sexism, inequality, discrimination, intimidation, coercion, abuse, unfair punishment and unquestioned privilege”. The aim is to collect the reports in order to reveal the structural problems, according to the website set up for this purpose appletoo.us.
Allegedly around 15 active and former Apple employees are involved in the action. Ethics expert Timnit Gebru, whose dispute with Google caused quite a stir last December, welcomed the union across the board The Verge. In her previous time at Apple, she saw so many “monstrous things” that she always wondered why they didn’t get any public attention.
Apple employees are pushing public
In the last few months, Apple employees have started to publicize the anger over corporate decisions. This ranged from personnel decisions to the planned return from home office to the office to unwanted surveys on fair wages. According to the results of an informal survey there is a single-digit percentage wage gap between women and men.