What you need to know
- Apple is being sued by a former employee in California.
- Anita Nariani Schulze alleges she was treated as a subservient by her managers because of her Hindu Indian background.
- A judge has again ruled that Apple cannot have the case dismissed.
A judge has ruled that Apple cannot have an employee discrimination case filed against the company dismissed in a recent court ruling, the second such setback in the case for the company.
Anita Nariani Schulze is suing Apple over claims that as a Hindu Indian woman, she was treated "as subservient" by her Hindu Indian Senior Manager, and her Direct Manager, who was a Muslim Pakistani man. A court filing this week explains the allegation:
Schulze alleges that over the course of 2016 through 2018, she was passed over for bonuses and awards of Restricted Stock Units that her male colleagues received, and that Apple retaliated when she raised this with HR:
The court previously ruled that whilst Apple could not have the case dismissed, Schulze would not be allowed to represent other female Apple employees as part of a class-action lawsuit, claiming her allegations did not show a pattern of discrimination.
In a new ruling the court reiterated its stance that newly filed allegations by Schulze did not solve the previous issues pertaining to a class action lawsuit. The court further overruled Apple's demurrer to some of the plaintiff's claims regarding how she was allegedly treated. Having previously stated she was put on a Performance Improvement Plan and an internal do-not-hire list, her second amended complaint built on the allegations:
Schulze says that she was subject to a "continuous pattern of discrimination" pre-dating being place on the PIP, and "alleges that she was long held to a higher standard than male employees and, after she complained of perceived discrimination, her supervisors escalated their unequal treatment by requiring her to respond to a baseless PIP in an unusually short time and forbidding her from seeking another internal position, as other employees could do."
Finally, the court noted Apple's motion to strike the claim:
It recently emerged that Apple employees within the company had two internal surveys about pay transparency shut down by Apple, over concerns the data being collected could personally identify people, and because one was hosted on the company's corporate Box account. In response, Apple employees are hosting a third survey externally using Typeform, which has since garnered more than 1,800 responses.
Apple, for its part, says that its Business conduct policy does not preclude employees from talking about their wages, hours, or working conditions, and states that it conducts yearly pay reviews to maintain pay equity. The company was awarded a 'B' by Arjuna Capital in its most recent Racial and Gender Pay scorecard. iMore has reached out to Apple for comment on Schulze's case.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9