US Department of Labor investigates Apple’s handling of whistleblowers

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The US Department of Labor has launched a whistleblower investigation against Apple. The authority apparently wants to check whether the group is taking action against employees who complain about grievances. A spokesman for the United States Department of Labor (DOL) confirmed the opening of the investigation to the New York Times.

The reason for the examination are apparently the public complaints of the engineering manager Ashley Gjovik, who was thrown out by Apple in September after six years – because of the alleged disclosure of confidential information. Gjovik accuses the group of, among other things, hiding problems with job security, monitoring employees and resorting to bullying. Apple “intimidated” her after she complained about a possible health hazard from her work in an office building that was being built on an area with contaminated sites, a designated so-called superfund area.

The initiation of an investigation by the agency is remarkable because there is a high hurdle in terms of the burden of proof, said a specialist in US labor law towards the Financial Times. It is also unusual for DOL to scrutinize such cases from the IT industry at all, because former employees are usually bound by confidentiality agreements. His company takes all complaints from employees seriously and is trying to create a “positive and inclusive workplace,” said an Apple spokesman for the business newspaper.

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In the past few months, Apple employees have begun to vent their displeasure about grievances in the workplace – a novelty for the company, which insists on secrecy. Apple’s Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) could also sweep reports of labor issues under the table, activist shareholders warned in September – calling for NDA easing. Several employees have also filed complaints with the US labor protection agency.


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