More than a dozen women accused Apple of falsifying sexual misconduct claims filed while working for the iPhone maker, the Financial Times reported Thursday.
15 current and former employees of the Silicon Valley giant have either retaliated against the company or reported receiving disappointing or unfavorable feedback from the company.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but told the newspaper it worked hard to investigate complaints of misconduct and said it would make changes to its training procedures.
Sexual harassment or discrimination scandals have rocked Silicon Valley in the wake of the #MeToo movement, which has taken action on the tech industry’s male-dominated culture, attitudes, and behavior.
Megan Mohr, one of the women cited in the story, was inspired by #metoo to report to Apple in 2018 that a male colleague had removed her shirt and bra and photographed her after drinking together at night, While Mohar slept for a while.
After speaking with Human Resources about her claim, the company noted that the employee’s conduct was potentially criminal, but did not violate any policies in the context of her work at Apple, the story reported.
The report said she quit her job in January after 14 years at the firm, and is now asking the company to keep a close eye on its policies.
The women interviewed for the story employ about 165,000 people worldwide.
Another woman cited in the story, Jayna Witt, wrote a blog post in which she said that a romantic relationship with a fellow Apple attorney had turned bad and dangerous.
She said the man was unstable, physically violent and emotionally abusive, but when Whit told Apple, the firm advised her to call the police if she felt unsafe.
White’s blog post states that her complaint to the company about the man’s behavior eventually resulted in him being reprimanded for allowing personal relationships to interfere with his work.
Apple isn’t the only big tech firm to face charges of handling abuse or abuse claims, with game studio Activision Blizzard and Elon Musk’s Tesla both surrounded by lawsuits.
Six women sued Tesla in December, alleging a culture of sexual harassment at the electric carmaker’s California plant and other facilities included unwanted touching, catcalls and retaliation for those who complained.