A US labor board is investigating two Apple employee complaints, one of which was filed by Ashley Gjøvik, a senior engineering program manager who has made a series of public allegations against the company.
However, doubts have been expressed about some of Gjøvik’s claims, including evidence that appears to disprove one of them …
The controversy began when Gjøvik implied that Apple had responded to her allegations of sexism by placing her on administrative leave. While she didn’t specifically state that this was imposed by the company against her will, this was the very clear implication of her phrasing: that Apple was penalizing a whistle-blower rather than the offender.
So, following raising concerns to #Apple about #sexism, #hostileworkenvironment, & #unsafeworkconditions, I’m now on indefinite paid administrative leave per #Apple employee relations, while they investigate my concerns. This seems to include me not using Apple’s internal Slack.
A former Apple employee revealed that it was in fact Gjøvik herself who had requested to be placed on paid leave. Apple simply agreed to her request.
It should be noted that Shantini herself left the company over its remote working policy, so has no incentive to defend Apple – indeed, she could well be feeling aggrieved.
There was a great deal of subtweeting going on by various other current and former employees on this topic. For example, when some questioned how these screengrabs had come to be made public, Apple’s Authentication Experience head Ricky Mondello tweeted this: