Apple fires leader of anti-discrimination #AppleToo movement
The move is a part of a broad investigation to find out the person behind repeated leaks of insider news.
Jannekke Parrish, a program manager of Apple Maps, had her contract terminated as she was accused of deleting files from her office device during the investigation.
Among the files were apps like Robinhood, Pokémon Go, and Google Drive.
"There are consequences for speaking out," Parrish wrote on her Twitter account on Friday. "There are consequences for doing the right thing. But we do the right thing because it is the right thing to do."
Sources familiar with the matter claim that the firing can be categorized as an act of retaliation on the part of the company, as Parrish was the organizer of the Discord channel, #AppleToo.
In that Discord, more than 500 people have complained about sexual, racial discrimination, harassment, and pay inequity.
According to the company, Parrish deleted files during the impending investigation, which was seen as "non-compliance."
Parrish was vocal against the company, venting dissatisfaction with the discrimination. After an all-hands-on-deck meeting, Parrish criticized CEO Tim Cook saying, "With the answers Tim gave today, we weren't heard."
She had been sharing her stories on a Medium page as well, with Cher Scarlett, a software developer in the company.
Parrish's attorney Vincent P White told The Verge, "We can confirm she is no longer with Apple but cannot speak further to address the situation at this time."
Scarlett is presently on paid medical leave after her traumatizing experience while advocating for remote work opportunities and pay transparency.
Parrish became the second victim to be let go after Ashley Gjøvic, who in two months was also laid off and let go under accusations of leaking information.
Gjøvic was put on administrative leave after she tweeted her complaints against the work culture inside the company.
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