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Apple will permit staff members to discuss harassment and discrimination

According to the Financial Times‘ first story, Apple would end its policy of silencing employees who complain of discrimination and harassment on the job. Following a review of Apple’s NDAs, which previously excluded language around the topic of working conditions, the firm announced the change.

As stated in a company memo titled “Our Commitment to an Open and Collaborative Employment,” Apple affirms “workers have the right to talk openly about their workplace conditions, including harassment and discrimination.” Apple has “committed to not enforce those restrictions and make improvements and clarifications going forward,” the report says, adding that an independent reviewer found only “limited instances” where the provisions could “be interpreted as restricting a person’s ability to speak about such conduct.” Separation agreements for employees in the United States always incorporate wording from California’s Silenced No More Act.

After #AppleToo organiser and ex-Apple engineer Cher Scarlett left the business and accused Apple of “in coercive and repressive behaviour that has facilitated abuse and harassment of organisers of protected concerted activity,” the corporation’s usage of concealment clauses came under criticism. Insider reported that Scarlett said she was barred from discussing the terms of her separation from Apple in any detail. A group of treasurers asked the SEC to look into whether Apple employs non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to gag employees a few months later.

“We are thrilled to share that Apple has released their report & is ending use of concealment clauses in employee contracts, both domestically & for international workers,” Nia Impact Capital writes on Twitter. “This is ground breaking shift for the tech industry.”