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Apple Shut Down Pay Equity Survey, Shareholders Allege

December 30, 2021

"Hong Kong, China - October 20, 2011: People in the Apple Store at International Finance Center, Central Hong Kong, opened on the September 24, 2011. With 15000 square feet and 300 employees it is one of the biggest apple stores in the world."

Apple is under investigation by the U.S. Labor Department for alleged harassment and retaliation against an employee who raised concerns about workplace safety, and now a shareholder proposal is calling for the company to agree to a civil rights audit. The shareholders who filed the proposal claim Apple shut down employee-run surveys on pay equity. It also mentions the hiring of a manager who had “a history of misogynistic and racist commentary.” That manager was fired after employee protests. The company pledged $100 million for a racial justice initiative after the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, but according to the proposal it has had little success in diversifying its own workforce.

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