Employees are demanding an investigation into the misogynistic job hiring of Apple.
A group of Apple staff is doing a petition to call for an investigation regarding the recent hiring of Apple. The current job hiring is conducted by the former Facebook ad manager Antonio Garcia Martinez, who was the one who made misogynistic statements.
In the circulating petition, the said employees mentioned Garcia Martinez’s hiring, stating,
“calls into question parts of our inclusion system at Apple, such as background checks, hiring panels, and our process of ensuring our existing culture of inclusion is strong enough to resist individuals who do not share our inclusive values.”
Over 2,000 people have already signed the petition on Verge.
About Garcia Martinez
Garcia Martinez used to be a part of Silicon Valley and Facebook. He was hired to join Apple’s ad platform engineering team, specifically on advertising technology within the App Store, Apple News, and Stocks app. Martinez is based in Cupertino while working with Apple.
Moreover, the staffers expressed their concerns regarding the employer’s view of women and people of color. In the petition, the petitioners cite a passage from Garcia Martinez’s autobiography, “Chaos Monkey.” The excerpts include comments and interviews with the former Facebook ad products executive.
For instance, one quote was from Twitter. It describes women in the Bay Area as “soft and weak, cosseted and naive despite their claims of worldliness, and generally full of shit.”
In relation, the composition of workers in Silicon Valley is white male-dominated. There were even notorious employees like ex-Googler James Damore, who believes that women and people of color lack the innate qualities in the technological industry.
This said, the petitioners appeal for an investigation into Garcia Martinez’s views on women and people of color. They demand responses and stopping of these published discriminatory perspectives of the employer. In addition, they call for action for prevention.
Apple promises a diverse staff as part of its core values. According to its latest diversity report, women in Apple reached 34% in 2020. As for the share of Asian workers, the current percentage was 27% from 2013 to 2018.
Furthermore, in the header on the website with the report, these statements were published, “Across Apple, we’ve strengthened our long-standing commitment to making our company more inclusive and the world more just, where every great idea can be heard. And everybody belongs.”
The demand for inclusion is not limited to job hirings; it is also about how support is experienced in the workplace. Given Garcia Martinez’s history, his published book that showcases overtly racist and sexist remarks, Apple should screen their staff for a more comfortable, safe, and happy working environment.
Apple is a famous and high grossing technology brand worldwide. It is known for its products like iPhone and MacBook. With its issue concerning misogynistic remarks circulating, many will be dismayed. This presents a bad image of the brand.