Apple Places Female Engineering Program Manager on Administrative Leave – The story of sexism and sexual harassment claims has been an age-old one. And not even the big companies like Apple are left out of this one. The question still remains. ‘Are these supposed companies doing more to keep their employees safe’? Well, that is another question for another day.
Apple Places Female Engineering Program Manager on Administrative Leave
Apple just recently has placed one of its senior engineering program managers, Ashley GjØvik on indefinite administrative leave. This is well after she tweeted about sexism in the office. The company, apple however is conducting an investigation into her claims of sexism in her working environment.
In an interview with the verge, she has this to say. She says and I quote;
“I asked them to mitigate the hostile work environment while they investigate, and they initially offered me EAP therapy and medical leave. I told them that made no sense, and they said they should talk to my leadership and set up oversight and boundaries. I added that if there was no other option they could give me paid administrative leave. They apparently made no effort to set boundaries and instead they were placing me on administrative leave and implied they did not want me on slack where I had been vocal about my concerns with certain policies at the company. They also implied they didn’t want me to meet one-on-one with other women at the company about their concerns with apple policies, which I had been doing”.
What Apple Did Regarding the Claims
Before I go any further, this is the second time GjØvik’s claim about sexual discrimination in the company has been investigated. After going through with an investigation, nothing wrong was found. This however prompted GjØvik to tweet screenshots of her experience. To know more about the tweets shared by GjØvik by clicking here.
The company Apple is contending with a host of employee activism. And this is also including various women tweeting about their displeasures and dissatisfaction regarding the culture of the company. In May when the company hired a certain, Antonio Garcia Martinez, the employees of the company wrote a letter demanding an investigation regarding the hire.
This was after the said ‘Garcia’ has previously written a book about the Silicon Valley with various descriptions of women which many people actually found offensive. This actually led to the sacking of Garcia Martinez hours later.