Apple amazes its employees: will everyone get a monstrous salary?

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Apple passed a notice to employees during Friday that was conspicuous in light of its reputation as secrecy: a reminder that employees may discuss wages, hours and working conditions. The announcement came because some employees are pushing Apple to do more to ensure there are no unfair pay gaps across the company.

In a post on an internal website, Apple said its policy does not prevent employees from “speaking freely” about working conditions, according to a copy of the post viewed by Reuters. “We encourage any employee with concerns to grow them in the way they feel most comfortable, internally or externally,” the post said.

A spokesman for Apple declined to comment.

Apple’s business conduct policy has already included a statement stating that employees will not be limited in their ability to discuss wages, hours and working conditions, which are generally protected under U.S. law. But employees who have spoken out in recent months have encountered opposition, said Apple’s former program manager Yankee Parish. Parish, who was fired after playing a leading role in employee activism, said she hopes Apple’s message will ease the way for others.

“The first step is to make sure people are aware of their rights,” she said. Apple has previously said it does not discuss specific employee issues and is “deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace.” The move comes amid a broader push by Silicon Valley workers to talk about their working conditions and the impact of technology on the company.

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Earlier this week, another prominent activist, Apple software engineer Sher Scarlett, wrote on Twitter that she was leaving the company. Scarlett has filed an indictment with the National Council for Labor Relations alleging that Apple stopped the wage negotiations among workers. Her lawyer, Alexander Palestiner, said the matter had been settled and the charge dropped. Scarlett said she could not comment.

Scarlett and Parish worked together on “#AppleToo,” a group through which current and past employees have shared stories of what they call harassment and discrimination. Apple is known for its secret culture, designed to keep the details of new products confidential. Employees are sometimes unaware of their right to talk about issues like wages and working conditions, Parish said.

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