The US National Labor Relations Board is investigating allegations that Apple retaliated against top engineers who accused the technology group of allowing a hostile work environment.
Ashley Gjovik, senior director of engineering programs who joined the company in 2015 described 13 cases of suspected retaliation including workplace harassment, job transfers and reduced oversight responsibilities.
Gjovik was placed on indefinite paid leave a month ago while Apple was investigating the issue, according to a document seen by the Financial Times prior to the case on August 30.
Another software engineer, Cher Scarlett, insisted on behalf of herself and two other employees, on September 1, that workers’ organization should be reined in, particularly with regard to pay and gender pay equity.
This action occurred after the engineer designed a tool at Apple to support wage transparency, which led to widespread criticism from other employees, both for and against her work, according to Reuters.
In a statement, Apple said: “We take all concerns seriously, investigate each time concerns are raised, respect the privacy of the individuals involved and do not discuss any particular employee’s issues.”
In various states in the United States, including Apple’s home state of California, bosses are not expressly allowed to stop employees from talking about their compensation.
The first batch of stories Scarlett shared include allegations of hostile work environments, discrimination and harassment.