Jane Whitt, Apple’s legal director, complained about the impact of her problems at the company and the relationship she was in. In her post, she discussed domestic abuse committed by another lawyer at Apple when the relationship soured, and the response she got from Apple’s HR was that since she didn’t get evidence from other Apple employees, they wouldn’t take it any action.
Ultimately, Apple’s human resources department reprimanded her for “allowing personal relationships to interfere with work, not adequately securing devices and accounts, and being unprofessional during the investigation.”
Another lawyer, Margaret Anderson, also made a complaint about the working conditions. She said Apple’s human resources department was disdainful of reviewing the documents she sent about the abuse of women and took no action.
Other employees discussed sexual assault on several levels. The women’s accounts discussed HR treating them as the problem. In one cited case, an alleged attacker was sent on a “career experience” and told by HR that she would be better off until he returned.
Thursday’s report also raised issues with Shell Scarlett at the company.
Scarlett was an early founder of the #AppleToo movement, which sought to educate people about Apple’s alleged racism, sexism, inequality and other problems. After a settlement with Apple, Scarlett agreed to leave the company and drop her complaint against the National Labor Relations Board.
As part of the separation agreement offered in October, Apple’s lawyers tried to get Scarlett to sign strict non-disclosure and non-disclosure terms. Some of the language in the agreement lays out exactly what Apple wants Scarlett to say about her departure. “After 18 months at Apple, I decided it was time to move on and pursue other opportunities”.
Scarlett shared the terms with the media, which Apple believes violates the separation agreement.
Not mentioned in the report is Ashley Gjovik’s deal with Apple. In late 2021, Gjovik was placed on administrative leave and eventually fired after tweets about sexism in the workplace.
In a statement on the matter, Apple said its policies are clear about discrimination. As it has said before, it wants any employee to feel comfortable reporting incidents without fear of retaliation and trusting that Apple will get to the heart of the matter.
Apple said: “There are statements that do not reflect our intent or our policies, and we should have handled them differently, including certain exchanges reported in this story. As a result, we will be making changes to our training and processes. “.