Due to a leak of more than 50 pages of emails, Apple employees were accused of sexism, racism, and other similar offensive attitudes. It seems that there were numerous individuals who decided to end their collaboration with the company after dealing with a “toxic” work environment.
Melanie Ehrenkranz, a reporter from Mic magazine, was handed a long read by a source she has at Apple. However, the reason why she received the information is even more mind-boggling.
Danielle works as an engineer at the company. She shares her projects with a team made out of mostly men. Due to the unequal balance between sexes, Danielle was forced to listen to inappropriate jokes for almost all of the time she spent at the company.
However, one July day she decided that jokes about sexual abuse were too much and took a stand. The engineer describes her previous workplace as a “very toxic atmosphere,” especially when males made improper jokes about violent sexual assault.
According to Danielle, the first coworker who made the joke presented his apologies, but it was too little, too late. The rape jest was the final offense that prompted her to send an email to Tim Cook, the CEO of the company.
“Rape jokes in work chat is basically where I completely draw the limit. I do not feel safe at a company that tolerates individuals who make rape jokes.”
She believed that alerting the man in charge was the best possible course of action. However, she was not expecting radio silence. While the press was praising Cook for responding to emails received from random customers, her email was lost in his inbox somewhere, never to be responded to ever again.
The last diversity report conducted by Apple shows that women only occupy 32 percent of the global workforce. Danielle is not the only one who suffered in the mail-dominated company. Other female coworkers decided to reveal their own experiences involving sexist attitudes.
One of the other women who decided to speak out about the real work conditions at Apple declared:
“The conversation turned to all of the men being dismissive about their wives and their significant others. I felt very uncomfortable with the reality that I was the only woman in the room as all of my male coworkers stereotyped women as nags, and this was not countered by my manager as being inappropriate.”
Apple declared that they looked into every individual complaint and are constantly working on ways to make the work environment more pleasant.
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