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Apple employee who led #AppleToo organizing effort says she was fired

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Janneke Parrish, Apple’s program manager and one of the organizers of the #AppleToo movement, was suspended late last week and ended on Thursday, he told CNN Business in an interview on Friday. Parrish said Apple told her she was fired for deleting files from her work devices before handing them over to the company as part of an internal investigation into leaks in the press.
Parrish and a partner, Cher Scarlett, create #AppleToo in August to help Apple employees “organize and protect us,” according to the move website. They asked their co-workers to share stories of issues they faced, including racism, sexism and discrimination, to outline “the changes we hope Apple makes.”

Parrish told CNN Business Friday that they received hundreds of reports during the weeks following these incidents about “incidents ranging from sexism and age to reports of rape and suicide.”

Apple made no specific comment on Parrish’s shooting. Scarlett, who remains in the company, declined to comment.

“We are and have always been deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace,” Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock said in a statement to CNN. “We take all concerns seriously and investigate thoroughly whenever a concern arises and, out of respect for the privacy of the people involved, do not discuss employee-specific issues.”

According to Parrish, the company began investigating her Sept. 30, days after CEO Tim Cook sent a note to employees warning that “people who leak confidential information do not belong here.” The note and leaks from a previous town hall meeting that drove it were first reported by The Verge.

Parrish, who said he was not behind the leaks but had spoken publicly in the press about Apple’s problems, was asked to hand over his work devices to the company, but previously deleted some personal data. .

“Apple encourages us to merge our private and work devices with strong force for testing,” he said. “I had some private conversations, private information like Robinhood’s investments, things that frankly aren’t Apple’s thing.”

He said these deletions were the ones Apple cited as a reason to fire her.

Parrish addressed questions about whether he plans actions against Apple to his lawyer, Chris Albanese, who told CNN Business that he “explores all the different avenues on behalf of our client.”

Parrish said the goal behind starting #AppleToo was to draw attention to the “systemic problems” of Apple’s culture that the company has “systematically swept under the rug.”

“One thing about Apple’s culture is that it’s a top-secret company,” he said, adding that office employees often don’t know what the person next to them is working on. “With #AppleToo and remote work … we are no longer alone, we are no longer isolated and we recognize what many of us experience.”

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