Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 14th Sep 2016 21:29 UTC
Apple

Mic.com has obtained a long list of e-mails from primarily female Apple employees (but also a few male employees), detailing a sexist culture inside the company that nobody seems to want to address. The 50 pages of e-mails were handed to Mic by an Apple employee, and obviously, all people involved have been anonymised.

"With such love for a company that does so much good, it is with a heavy heart that I declare my resignation from Apple," a former employee wrote in an email obtained by Mic. "Despite all attempts to seek justice within this corporation, the cries of several minority employees about the toxic and oppressive environment have gone unanswered. I have witnessed the complete and utter disenfranchising of the voices of men and women of color and the fault lies not only in the direct management staff but in the response of those tasked with protecting employee rights. I write this letter hoping to highlight the areas that these departments have failed to properly support employees and as such have hence left Apple, Inc. culpable for various EEOC and ethical violations."

According to Claire*, "several people" who have quit, citing a "white, male, Christian, misogynist, sexist environment," were not given exit interviews. "Their departure is being written up as a positive attrition," she told Mic.

This obviously - but sadly - doesn't surprise me in the slightest. Silicon Valley is an inherently toxic environment dominated by white males, and despite all the talk from Tim Cook and various company bloggers, Apple is not the special diversity flowerchild farting rainbows and puking unicorn dust it claims to be. I mean, this is a company who considers having a Canadian speaking on stage during an event as "diversity".

From these emails, a picture emerges of a company culture actively trying to get women to leave, actively preventing them from getting into mid-level and top-level leadership positions. From everything I've ever heard about Silicon Valley culture - this is par for the course, no matter the company.

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RE: Not only Apple
by ddc_ on Fri 16th Sep 2016 12:19 UTC in reply to "Not only Apple"
ddc_
Member since:
2006-12-05

If FSF fired transgender person for being transgender, it is indeed disgusting. But did they? Again, we only have claims that are supposed to be believed without any proof whatsoever. No single prooflink, no single name. When did civil rights movement turn into a religion?

Better yet, see the followup message¹ from John Wiegley. He is not even interested in details, he merely asks whom he is supposed to hate now.

¹ https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/libreboot/2016-09/msg00037.html

Edited 2016-09-16 12:22 UTC

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RE[2]: Not only Apple
by Kochise on Fri 16th Sep 2016 13:53 in reply to "RE: Not only Apple"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Well, considering that it is public dirty laundering, I do not care much. But something is rotten these days.

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RE[2]: Not only Apple
by justanothersysadmin on Fri 16th Sep 2016 14:33 in reply to "RE: Not only Apple"
justanothersysadmin Member since:
2011-06-09

Better yet, see the followup message¹ from John Wiegley. He is not even interested in details, he merely asks whom he is supposed to hate now.

¹ https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/libreboot/2016-09/msg00037.html


I'm pretty sure that's a clarifying rhetorical question, not "pls tell me who to hate nao kthxbye".

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