Apple whistleblower sues for retaliation, privacy violations

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Apple whistleblower Ashley Gjovik has filed a RICO Act lawsuit against the company, alleging that she was fired in retaliation for reporting safety concerns and for protesting Apple’s alleged privacy violations.

The lawsuit, which was filed on September 7, 2023, at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges a web of misconduct, including whistleblower retaliation, privacy violations, and even claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

Gjovik, who was a senior engineering program manager at Apple, was fired in September 2021. She claims that she was fired after she raised concerns about Apple’s use of facial recognition technology in its products, and after she protested the company’s alleged practice of videotaping employees in bathrooms and locker rooms.

Gjovik’s lawsuit also alleges that Apple violated her privacy by collecting and storing her personal data without her consent. She is seeking damages for lost wages, emotional distress, and punitive damages.

The sources for this piece include an article in AppleInsider.

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