#AppleToo organizer Cher Scarlett leaves Apple after agreeing a settlement

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What you need to know

  • #AppleToo organizer Cher Scarlett is leaving Apple on Friday.
  • Scarlett has agreed on a settlement with Apple and dropped a National Labor Relations Board complaint.

Cher Scarlett, one of the Apple engineers behind the #AppleToo movement and an attempt to organize within the company, has announced that they will leave the company at the end of this week. According to a separate report, Scarlett will reportedly receive a settlement and drop a National Labor Relations Board complaint.

A Bloomberg report notes that the complaint was filed on September 1 with the engineer alleging that Apple prevented employees from gathering wage data and that management teams had "engaged in coercive and suppressive activity that has enabled abuse and harassment" of workers organizing.

Apple accused Scarlett of leaking information to the press, something that later saw CEO Tim Cook slam similar leakers in an internal memo.

I want you to know that I share your frustration. These opportunities to connect as a team are really important. But they only work if we can trust that the content will stay within Apple. I want to reassure you that we are doing everything in our power to identify those who leaked. As you know, we do not tolerate disclosures of confidential information, whether it's product IP or the details of a confidential meeting. We know that the leakers constitute a small number of people. We also know that people who leak confidential information do not belong here.

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Scarlett's representatives told Bloomberg that the hope was that other Apple employees would continue their efforts to organize, and it seems unlikely that this move will ease the pressure on Apple. The number of people taking part in the #AppleToo movement might suggest that there are many more potential complaints like Scarlett's.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

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