: Apple execs violated labor law after remarks that interfered with addressing workplace issues: report

by | Jan 30, 2023 | Stock Market

U.S. labor officials found that Apple Inc. executives ran afoul of labor law, after they made remarks and set rules that allegedly chilled employee efforts to address workplace issues. The National Labor Relations Board on Monday said that its regional offices “found merit” in four charges alleging that Apple’s
workplace policies “reasonably tend to interfere with, restrain or coerce employees” who might try to confront their employer on problems at work or talk about them to the media or government agencies.

Kayla Blado, a spokeswoman for the board, also said that a regional office “found merit to a charge alleging statements and conduct by Apple — including high-level executives — also violated the National Labor Relations Act.” When a labor board office finds merit in such a charge, it can prosecute the charge if the parties in a dispute don’t settle. That prosecution would take place before an administrative law judge, whose ruling could be appealed to the labor board and, then, federal appeals court, Blado said. The news was reported earlier in the day by Bloomberg. Apple did not immediately respond when asked by MarketWatch for comment. The allegations stemmed from complaints made to the board in 2021 by a former Apple employee, Ashley Gjovik, who was …

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