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Apple CEO’s Anti-Leak Edict Broke Law, Ex-Employee Alleges (1)

Oct. 12, 2021, 5:01 PM

Apple Inc.’s restrictive employee handbook rules and Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook’s recent pledge to punish leakers both violate U.S. law, according to new complaints that a fired activist filed with the National Labor Relations Board.

In filings Tuesday, former Apple employee Ashley Gjovik alleged that a September all-staff email from Cook, saying that “people who leak confidential information do not belong here,” violated the National Labor Relations Act, which protects U.S. workers’ right to communicate with one another and engage in collective action about workplace issues.

Cook wrote that Apple was “doing everything in our power to ...

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