“Apple is deeply committed to providing employees with a workplace where they feel safe, respected, and inspired to do their best work,” the company said in the statement posted to an internal employee portal, which was obtained by CNN Business. “Our policies do not restrict employees from speaking freely about their wages, hours, or working conditions.”
Apple did not respond to requests for comment for this article.
Two Apple employees, Janneke Parrish and Cher Scarlett, started #AppleToo in August to help the company’s workers “organize and protect ourselves,” according to the movement’s website. They called on coworkers to share stories of issues they may have faced, including incidents of racism, sexism and discrimination, in order to outline “changes we expect to see Apple make.”
Parrish told CNN Business last month that they received hundreds of reports from employees within weeks about alleged incidents that “range the gamut from sexism and ageism to disclosures of rape and suicide,” she said.
Friday’s statement by Apple is a win for the #AppleToo movement, Parrish told CNN Business.
“It’s something that we’ve wanted Apple to communicate for the entirety of #AppleToo,” Parrish said. “It’s definitely not the end of the road but it’s a really big first step and it shows what workers speaking in unison can achieve.”
She added that one common theme in the stories that employees have submitted to #AppleToo is that workers don’t know that they’re allowed to speak up when issues arise.
The company’s recent statement will “help end a systemic culture of silence around our working culture and pay equity,” she said.