Apple Wanted Her Fired. It Settled on an Absurd Excuse

Source: Gizmodo

It wasn’t very hard to tell which way the wind was blowing. Ashley Gjøvik had even been warned. Somewhere inside Apple, friends and coworkers assured her, higher-ups were having a conservation about how to force her out of her job. There was even consensus among these allies about the route they would take, that she’d violated her confidentiality agreement or placed some proprietary asset at risk.

The only thing giving the then-senior engineering program manager any pause—or hope—was that Apple itself didn’t seem concerned about either. Despite placing her on leave and instructing her to avoid colleagues, the company made no attempt to keep her from viewing any sensitive data. “I hadn’t lost any of my account access,” Gjøvik said. “I still had access to the next four years of the Mac roadmap. I still had access to source code for future releases. I still had access to concept review documents.”

Unfortunately for Gjøvik, her friends were right on the money. The hammer fell in early September with the arrival of an emailed request to “speak” privately about a “sensitive Intellectual Property matter.” Right away, emails show, Gjøvik agreed to cooperate, telling the company she was “Happy to help!” Although Apple claimed the matter was serious, no discussion would ever take place. Gjøvik’s repeated attempts to accede to demands were flatly ignored, emails between the two parties show.

Amid the back-and-forth, Gjøvik had only one stipulation: The conversation should be recorded in writing. Given the souring of their relationship, and other ongoing legal matters, documenting the investigation seemed prudent, if not necessary—not some gratuitous attempt to evade scrutiny. But Apple ignored the request entirely as if she’d simply said, “No.”

bad apple.jpg, Oct 2021



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