The US National Labor Relations Board has agreed with charges that Apple interfered with employees’ rights, it confirmed to CNET via email on Tuesday. The tech giant did so through high-level executives’ statements, work rules, policies and confidentiality agreements, said the NLRB.
“They reasonably tend to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of their right to protected concerted activity,” NLRB spokesperson Kayla Blado said.
If Apple doesn’t settle, the NLRB regional director will issue a complaint against the company.
The investigations stemmed from cases brought by ex-employees Ashley Gjovik and Cher Scarlett in 2021, Bloomberg reported Monday.
amid a wave of employee activism, over issues including and . In a tweet that confirmed the filing, Scarlett said the allegations “revolve around unlawful conduct and unlawful rules that have been engaged in over the past 5 months, particularly over the last month.”
Should the NLRB issue a complaint, it’ll join a separate one, when the government agency issued a complaint over allegations that Apple had suppressed unionization efforts. According to the October complaint, the tech giant allegedly discouraged unionization in part by telling employees that unionized stores “would not receive the same improvements to working conditions.”
Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment.
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