The Labor Division has opened a whistle-blower investigation into Apple, a division spokeswoman stated Monday, including to a litany of recent charges made to federal and state companies in regards to the firm by present and former staff.
The division declined to say who had requested the investigation or what it was about, however Ashley Gjovik, a former worker who has been outspoken about misconduct at Apple, stated she had filed the grievance “to make sure Apple is aware of they can not get away with retaliating towards me for exercising my federally and state-protected rights.”
Ms. Gjovik accused Apple of suspending her after which firing her in September in retaliation for reporting office well being considerations at a Sunnyvale, Calif., workplace, and for complaining in regards to the situation to the Environmental Safety Company, based on a letter from the Labor Division to Ms. Gjovik that was considered by The New York Occasions. Information of the division’s investigation was earlier reported by the Financial Times.
The letter, which was despatched final week, stated the Occupational Security and Well being Administration’s Whistleblower Safety Program, which is in command of implementing anti-retaliation legal guidelines, will conduct an investigation.
Apple on Monday reiterated its earlier assertion about employees’ labor complaints, which stated it’s “deeply dedicated to creating and sustaining a optimistic, inclusive office” and that it investigates considerations and doesn’t touch upon particular staff.
Ms. Gjovik’s grievance is one among many she has filed to varied companies, together with a number of different former staff who’ve accused Apple of retaliating towards them. Worker unrest inside Apple, lengthy recognized for its secretive company tradition, has bubbled up in latest months, coalescing into an activism movement known as AppleToo.