The Department of Labor later confirmed to the New York Times on Monday that an investigation had been launched into Apple. According to The New York Times, the investigation will be conducted by OSHA’s anti-corruption program. According to the Financial Times, an investigation will look into whether Apple retaliated against Gjvik. OSHA confirmed to Director that it had launched an investigation into Apple, but refused to disclose the identity of the plaintiff.
According to Gjvik, he made a complaint to Apple “to ensure that Apple recognizes that they cannot retaliate against me for violating my federal and state rights.”
Writing for Director in September, Gjvik said he had pulled out of Apple after compiling work complaints and criticized the company publicly on issues including harassment. Gjvik said he also raised concerns about the potential toxic chemicals in the office building where he worked. In a statement to The Times and FT Apple stated that “it is deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive, inclusive workplace.” Apple told both publications it did not discuss individual employee issues.
Apple did not immediately comment when contacted by the Director. OSHA did not respond immediately when contacted by the Director outside normal business hours. Apple has faced increasing staff turmoil this year. On August 15, employees set up a website called AppleToo for employees to share stories of abuse and discrimination at the company.
Gjvik is not the only Apple employee to accuse a company of revenge. Janneke Parrish, one of the founding members of AppleToo, filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Commission in November, saying he had been fired for “false and misleading reasons.”
Former Apple employee Cher Scarlett, who was part of AppleToo and campaign for payroll while at the company, also filed a lawsuit with the NLRB in September. Bloomberg reported in November Scarlett had reached an agreement with the company and planned to withdraw its complaint. In DecemberForbes reported Scarlett had decided not to withdraw her NLRB complaint.
Apple chief executive officer Ashley Gjøvik has been charged with felony criminal mischief for allegedly trying to seduce a minor. The company is currently investigating Gjøvik’s claims about the enemy territory.
“For months, I have been raising concerns with Apple staff about years of experiences with sex, the work environment, sexual orientation, safe working conditions, and revenge,” Gjøvik said in an interview with The Verge. “I asked them to reduce the enemy work area during the investigation, and they first gave me EAP treatment and medical leave. I told them he didn’t understand, he said they should talk to my boss and set supervision and boundaries. I added that if there was no other option they could give me a paid control vacation. They obviously did not try to set boundaries and instead said they took me to a management break and meant they did not like me on Slack where I talked about my concerns with certain policies in the industry. They also mean they don’t want me to meet face-to-face with other women in the industry about their concerns with Apple’s policies, which I do. ”