Former Apple Employee Refuses to Withdraw Her Labor Complaint. The Former Apple employee Cher Scarlett says the company didn’t adequately live up to its half of a settlement, so she won’t withdraw her complaint to the National Labor Relations Board as agreed, according to Forbes.
Scarlett says that her settlement with Apple required it to post “a company-wide memo clarifying employee rights including discussing pay & working conditions,” “in a prominent and visible location on the People site.”
Former Apple Employee Refuses to Withdraw Her Labor Complaint
Scarlet also says that the company did post a notice to its site, but that it was only up during the week that Apple employees were given off for Thanksgiving.
“I’d argue all day that 7 days, while no one is online for a holiday, is absolutely not prominent and visible,” Scarlett tweeted on Thursday. The tweet is below;
Despite the fact that there was no requirement for a time period, the agreement clearly stated: “in a prominent and visible location on the People site”.
I’d argue all day that 7 days, while no one is online for a holiday, is absolutely not prominent and visible.
— Cher Scarlett (@cherthedev) December 9, 2021.
TheNLRB says it can reject a withdrawal request made because of a private settlement if it “violates the National Labor Relations Act or Board policy.”
Scarlett told The Verge that the board initially rejected her request, and sent a list of 22 changes that the board would need Apple to make before it would approve the withdrawal.
Scarlet Message to the Verge
According to Forbes, one of the requested changes removed wording that would’ve prevented Scarlett from encouraging someone “to file any charge or complaint with any administrative agency or Court against Apple” for a year. According to Scarlett, Apple refused to make those changes.
“I technically could ask for a unilateral withdrawal at this point,” Scarlett said in a message to The Verge, saying that she had been “interested in doing that to avoid witnesses having to give testimony because realistically the memo is the best outcome we would have gotten from the board.”
According to Scarlett, the group of potential witnesses decided it was worth it to continue with the complaint, potentially risking retaliation for testifying, given how Apple handled posting the memo.