The U.S. Department of Labor has launched an investigation into Apple, a new sign of tensions between a leading private company and current and former employees. “We can confirm that the whistleblower investigation is ongoing at Apple,” a spokesman for the Department of Labor told CNN on Tuesday. Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) investigates cases of alleged retaliation by employers against employees who raise concerns about issues such as employee safety under the Department of Labor’s security system.
The Department of Labor has refused to share any details about the investigation or its cause. But former Apple employee Ashley Gjøvik on Friday received notice from OSHA that she had opened an investigation into a complaint she made earlier this year, according to a copy of an OSHA letter sent to Gjøvik reviewed by CNN Business.
Gjøvik, a former chief technology officer at Apple, has spoken in recent months about concerns that he began promoting the company in March 2021 regarding environmental and health safety issues in Sunnyvale, California office where it worked. He told CNN Business that Apple had written down its concerns and asked him not to talk about them. Gjøvik then filed a complaint with the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Security and Exchange Commission.
Gjøvik was suspended from his job in early August and could leave on September 9, according to his OSHA complaint, in what he said was compensation for reporting his concerns.
In response to a statement of the Department of Labor’s investigation and claims of Gjøvik’s revenge, Apple also stated in a statement: “We are and will always be committed to creating and maintaining a good workplace and inclusion.”
“All concerns are taken seriously and are fully investigated whenever a concern arises and, out of respect for the privacy of any affected person, we do not discuss specific employee cases,” according to a statement from the spokesperson. Apple Josh Rosenstock.
Reports of the Department of Labor investigation have already been reported by the Financial Times and the New York Times. Service Department investigation is a new development of growing tension between Apple and its employees. In recent months, employees have broken the legendary industry tradition of speaking out on controversial hiring decisions, alleged payment inequalities and remote employment policies in hiring an employee who has become known as #AppleToo. Apple has also faced complaints from current and former employees to the National Service Relations Commission, including by #AppleToo director Janneke Parrish, who has accused him of withdrawing retaliation for his organizational efforts. (Apple did not elaborate on Parrish ‘release at the time.) Last month, the company released a statement entitled “Employees’ right to comment on wages and working conditions,” #AppleToo called win.