Apple shut down a Slack channel created by employees to discuss pay equity
What you need to know
- Apple has banned an internal Slack channel focused on pay equity.
Apple has blocked an internal employee effort to create a Slack channel to discuss issues of pay inequity.
The Verge reports, however, that Apple appears to allow a number of non-work channels in Slack, including channels about dogs, cats, gaming, and dad jokes.
Employment attorney Vincent P. White speculated that Apple is using the Slack Use of Terms as a way to shield itself legally, as employees are protected by law to discuss pay equity issues.
Internal issues at the company have become more public as of late, a rare occurrence for the company in comparison to other major technology companies like Facebook and Google. The #AppleToo movement, a group of Apple employees who are pushing for change in a number of areas at the company, said it had already collected over 500 stories of workplace abuse at the company from current and former employees. The group began sharing the stories of some employees this week.
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LOL, “pay equity”. I have news for you. I don’t want to be paid the same as everyone else. First year employees should NOT be paid the same as 25 year employees. That’s how it works. Where I work, we had a GREAT year in fiscal 2021. I just got a $9,500 bonus. I do NOT want “pay equity”. I DO want to be paid according to how valuable the company feels I am. You want more pay? Work harder. Take more projects. Make all your deadlines. Whatever metrics your company uses to judge performance, you must excel at those metrics. Slackers demanding “pay equity” need not apply.
You’re willfully being a fool. Employers can and will take advantage of their employees if they can get away with it. It is the law in the us that employees can share their wages with each other, and any company that tries to prevent it knows they have something to hide.