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More than a dozen women accuse iPhone maker of mishandling sexual misconduct complaints

More than a dozen women have accused Apple of mishandling sexual misconduct complaints they filed while working for the iPhone maker, according to a Financial Times report on Thursday.

The Silicon Valley giant’s 15 current and former employees said they were retaliated against or received a disappointing or counterproductive response from the company.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but told the newspaper it was working hard to investigate misconduct complaints and added that it would make changes to its training processes.

Sexual harassment or discrimination scandals have rocked Silicon Valley following the #MeToo movement, which has spurred action against the tech industry’s male-dominated culture, attitudes and behavior.

One of the women featured in the story, Megan Mohr, took inspiration from #metoo to report to Apple in 2018 that a male colleague had taken off her shirt and bra and photographed her after a night out. drinking together while Mohr had briefly fallen asleep.

After speaking with human resources about his claim, the company noted that the worker’s conduct was potentially criminal but did not violate any policies while working at Apple, according to the story.

She quit her job in January, after 14 years with the company, and is now asking the company to carefully review its policies, the report continued.

The women interviewed for the story represent just a fraction of the approximately 165,000 people the company employs globally.

Another woman quoted in the story, Jayna Whitt, wrote a blog post in which she said a romantic relationship with a fellow Apple lawyer had gone wrong and turned dangerous.

She said the man was unstable, physically abusive and emotionally abusive, but when Whitt told Apple, the company advised her to call the police if she felt unsafe.

Her complaint to the company about the man’s behavior ultimately resulted in her being reprimanded for allowing a personal relationship to interfere with her work, Whitt’s blog states.

Apple isn’t the only major tech company to face accusations of abuse or dealing with misconduct allegations, games studio Activision Blizzard and Elon Musk’s Tesla have both been plagued by lawsuits.

Six women sued Tesla in December, alleging a culture of sexual harassment at the electric car maker’s California plant and other facilities, including unwanted touching, chat calls and retaliation for those who complained. .