Apple faces probe over whether it retaliated against whistleblower
Published By: Financial Times | December 13 2021
The US Department of Labor is investigating Apple over claims that it retaliated against an employee who complained of workplace harassment and unsafe working conditions.
Ashley Gjovik, 35, had been a senior engineering program manager for six years at Apple when she was fired in September for allegedly leaking confidential information.
Gjovik, who has written regularly on Twitter about her allegations of harassment, surveillance and workplace safety issues, alleged that she was dismissed under a false pretext following numerous complaints that led to more than a dozen instances of retaliation including job reassignment...
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Labor officials found that Apple execs infringed on workers’ rights
Published By: TechCrunch | Jan 30 2023
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found merit to complaints that high-level executives at Apple violated national labor law. This finding comes after the NLRB also found that Apple illegally interfered with labor organizing at retail stores in New York City and Atlanta.
These charges were filed by Ashley Gjøvik, a former senior engineer program manager at Apple.
In an email to TechCrunch, Gjøvik explained that Apple employment policies “coercively silence Apple employees and chill them from engaging in protected activity through over-broad and vague terms, as well as through an implication of constant surveillance.”...
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Apple Employee Blows Whistle on Illegal Spying and Toxic Working Conditions
Published by: TruthOut | Date: Dec 19 2021
Silicon Valley has become infamous for its role in the surveillance ecosystem, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bosses are increasingly using an array of tech industry tools to keep constant tabs on their employees working from home, despite statistics showing that those who work remotely are more productive than their counterparts toiling away in office buildings.
But one woman who worked for the tech industry’s biggest company is fighting back. Ashley Gjovik, a former Apple project manager who was fired in September after speaking out about workplace safety concerns, has asked labor regulators to rule that the company employs illegal surveillance tactics. In October, Gjovik filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) accusing Apple of a number of unfair labor practices, including keeping tabs on employees in a manner that prevents them from exercising their right to discuss working conditions...
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Apple Wanted Her Fired. It Settled on an Absurd Excuse
Published: October 14 2021 | Author: Gizmodo
Ashley Gjøvik knew which way the wind was blowing. She’d been warned. Somewhere at Apple, friends and coworkers assured her, a discussion was underway about how to force her out of her job. There was even consensus among these allies about the route they would take, that she’d violated her confidentiality agreement or placed some proprietary asset at risk.
The only thing giving the then-senior engineering program manager any pause—or hope—was that Apple itself didn’t seem concerned about either. Despite placing her on leave and instructing her to avoid colleagues, the company made no attempt to keep her from viewing any sensitive data. “I hadn’t lost any of my account access,” Gjøvik said. “I still had access to the next four years of the Mac roadmap. I still had access to source code for future releases. I still had access to concept review documents.”....
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Apple is Toxic Is It Above The Law? With Whistleblower Ashley M. Gjøvik
Published: Sept 29 2022 | by Labor Project Video & WorkWeek
Ashley M. Gjøvik an Apple employee discovers that her office is sitting on a super-fund dump site in Sunnyvale. She tries to get it tested by the EPA and is retaliated against and fired. She also discover that Apple has captured the agencies she is trying to get to protect her and her fellow worker....
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"I thought I was dying: My apartment was built on toxic waste"
Published: March 26, 2021 | Author: Ashley Gjovik
There’s another epidemic occurring today alongside COVID-19 – it’s an outbreak of new housing developments on toxic land and water with laissez-faire oversight. The SF Bay Area and Silicon Valley are two of the most polluted regions in the entire country, yet the paperwork often appears to be rushed through to build residences on toxic soil and groundwater.
In some cases, there are claims the data was manipulated or ignored to reduce expenses and shorten project timelines. Some of these approvals and subsequent lawsuits include Hunters Point, Treasure Island, Point Isabel and the Richmond Zeneca site.
While much recent media coverage has focused on the development of these future residential sites, one looming question remains open: What happens if these sites are approved with inadequate remediation plans and the residents experience health issues due to the hazardous materials? ...
Continued at: SF Bay View, https://sfbayview.com/2021/03/i-thought-i-was-dying-my-apartment-was-built-on-toxic-waste/