Earlier, the tech giant Apple told the SEC it was not making attempts to silence its employees regarding workplace harassment or prejudice, but a whistleblower’s confidentiality agreement provides a new investigation to this complaint.
On 18th October, it was reported by Business Insider that several statements have been made by Apple to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including claiming that the tech giant wasn’t attempting to silence ex-employees or whistleblowers taking into consideration the working culture of the company.
Today, a new non-disclosure agreement provided to a corporate whistleblower takes a closer dig at these accusations. Reportedly, Apple attorneys required Cher Scarlett, the former engineer to state merely the following words when she quit the company: “After 18 months at Apple, I decided it was time to move on. and pursue other opportunities.”
In an extraordinarily strict nondisclosure and nondisclosure agreement, this language was added as a part of a split-up deal that Scarlett was provided last month from Apple, who worked at the company for months to boost pay equity at the company that reportedly led to harassment and pressure from the company, stated that she was “shocked” when she got the non-disclosure agreement.
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She further stated that “In my mind, I should be able to say whatever I want as long as I don’t defame Apple.” Scarlett denied signing the restraining order but was recalled about the deal when she saw the company’s statements to the SEC.
Tech giant stated that about non-disclosure agreements “in the context of harassment, discrimination, and other illegal acts”, its “policy is not to use such clauses.” A complaint has been filed by Scarlett with the SEC on the 25th of October in which she argues that Apple made “false or misleading statements” to the SEC.
Scarlett Provided a Copy of the “Settlement Agreement”
A copy of the settlement agreement has also been included by Scarlett that Apple had offered her in the SEC complaint and explained how the company added a “statement that I have been authorized to say about my departure from the company, ‘business being a personal decision.
Rather than fleeing a hostile work environment after trying to exercise my rights and help others organize’ under federal labor laws.”
In addition to that, Scarlett shared Apple’s NDA with Nia Impact Capital, the activist investor who focuses on forcing a shareholder vote on NDA transparency at Apple.
This week, Nia conveyed to the SEC that she had “received information, provided in confidence, that Apple had sought to use cover-ups in the context of discrimination, harassment and other labor violation complaints on workplace”.