A rumor mill related to Apple’s use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) has backed an election law in Washington state that seeks to restrict the use of NDA companies in areas of workplace terrorism and exclusion rights are now possible due to an existing Apple Inc. employee. In California, the measure is on the heels of such legislation.
Washington state Senator Karen Keizer and Republican Liz Berry, both Republicans, are working on bills in their respective homes, which they plan to unveil in the coming legislation, their offices confirmed this week.
Cher Scarlett, a former Apple employee and Washington resident who has played a leading role in employee engagement, said she arrived at Keizer in October to learn about the case. Chelsey Glasson, a former Google employee (GOOGL.O) who prosecuted pregnancy discrimination, also wrote to the lawyer. A text message from both women helped encourage Keizer to pursue the business, an assistant to Keizer said.
“No employee should be silenced from sharing a deep personal history of harassment or discrimination in the workplace because they signed up to the NDA,” Berry said in a statement.
NDAs are a common place in the technology industry. Some workers have alleged that technology giants used them to undermine legal security services such as discussions of working conditions.
In September, investor Nia Impact Capital filed a full shareholder proposal for Apple’s board to prepare a “general report assessing the potential risks to the company associated with the use of privacy statements in the area of harassment, discrimination and other illegal activities. ”
Apple in October filed a lawsuit with the US Securities and Exchange Commission stating that it wanted to remove the proposal because “the company’s policy is not to use such statements.”
After watching Apple’s response, Scarlett said it filed a complaint with the SEC whistleblower in October alleging that Apple had made false and misleading statements to the regulator. He also shared documents with Nia Impact Capital.
Scarlett, who left Apple last week, said she decided to go public with that information this week, contrary to the terms of her decision with Apple. The Chief Marketing Officer reported details of his story.
Apple declined to comment. The company has previously stated that it is “deeply committed to creating and maintaining a good workplace and inclusion.”
Election law in Washington repeats Silent Law No, signed into law this year in California and backed by tech analyst Ifeoma Ozoma.