Apple fires employee who spoke out on workplace issues, cites alleged leak

Apple on Thursday fired Ashley Gjovik for violating company policy regarding disclosure of intellectual property, but failed to specify what confidential information, if any, was leaked. The senior engineering program manager has over the past two months publicly aired concerns over unresolved workplace issues including sexism and discrimination.

Apple ParkGjovik earlier today received an email from Apple’s employee relations team saying that an investigation into a “sensitive intellectual property matter” was underway. The representative demanded that they speak within the hour, but Gjovik requested adherence past stipulations that all communications be conducted in writing as the correspondence would be included in an active National Labor Relations Board complaint, reports The Verge.According to the report, the ER representative said the group would move forward without her input and access to Apple’s systems, citing “the seriousness of these allegations.” She was informed of her termination in an email sent a couple hours later.

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