On Thursday, an Apple employee who led a group of coworkers in publicly exposing instances of what they called harassment and discrimination at the business was dismissed.

Apple programme manager Janneke Parrish said she was fired on Thursday after deleting documents on corporate equipment while under investigation for leaking a company town hall to the media. She has denied leaking.

Before giving her devices in to Apple as part of the investigation, Parrish said she erased apps that included financial and other personal information.

Parrish says she was fired because of her workplace advocacy.

“To me, this seems clearly retaliatory for the fact that I was speaking out about abuses that have happened at my employer, pay equity and, generally, about our workplace conditions,” she said.

Apple stated on Friday that it does not comment on individual personnel problems.

Other instances of staff dissatisfaction have lately surfaced at Apple. Two Apple employees told Reuters last month that they had filed allegations with the National Labor Relations Board against the corporation. Apple was accused of retaliation and of putting a stop to employee wage discussions, among other things, by the workers.

Apple has stated that it is “truly dedicated to building and sustaining a pleasant and inclusive workplace” and that it considers “any employee concerns” carefully.

Employees’ rights to publicly discuss specific matters, including as working conditions, discrimination, and fair pay, are protected under US law.

Over the summer, current and former Apple employees began sharing their stories of harassment and discrimination on social media. In a weekly summary branded #AppleToo, Parrish and several coworkers began sharing the stories on social media and through a publishing platform.

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Parrish claimed she was careful to follow corporate guidelines and never disclosed material she thought was private. After being investigated towards the end of September, she said she continued to publish the ‘#AppleToo’ digest.

“If anything, it`s made the importance of that work clearer than ever, when Apple’s response to criticism is to start internal investigations into those that it wants to see gone,” she said. “It’s easier for them to terminate people than it is for them to actually listen.”

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