Apple employee organizing took another step this morning with the launch of a website called AppleToo. This website will collect stories from employees at all levels of the company who have experienced harassment or discrimination.
The website states that Apple “has evaded public scrutiny for too long.” The truth is that many Apple employees are. The culture of secrecy makes it an intimidating fortress. We are confronted with isolation, degradation, and gaslighting when we demand accountability for the ongoing injustices we witness or experience at work. We are done. All internal avenues have been exhausted. We have spoken with our leaders. We have reached out to the People team. We have moved up through Business Conduct. Nothing has changed. It is time to think differently.
The organizing effort involved only 15 former and current Apple employees. The organizers launched the website and Twitter account this morning and sent the news out on a 200-person Discord server for Apple employees and contractors.
Timnit Gebru worked for Apple before joining Google in 2018. He has supported the effort. After Gebru was abruptly fired from Google in December 2020, she went public about her experiences with racism and discrimination at the company. She hasn’t spoken out about her time at Apple as much as she would have liked. She tells the Verge that she was subject to so many horrible things while at Apple and wonders how they managed to stay out of the limelight. It’s great to see Apple workers organizing. Apple must be held accountable.
Cher Scarlett is an Apple engineer and activist who was involved in the organizing effort. She posted the website this morning in two Slack channels, #allies4change & #womenin-swe.
Eight Apple employees have shared their stories on the AppleToo website since its launch.