Microsoft employees who quit the iPhone maker after a public outcry over the firing of a senior employee are still struggling to make a living.
Michael Schuster, who was in charge of the company’s human resources division, resigned in April after Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that he was taking over from longtime CEO Steve Jobs.
Apple’s stock fell 7% on Monday, as many companies were hit with a slew of lawsuits alleging the tech giant had retaliated against employees who spoke out against the company.
But many employees say they still feel pressured to follow the company line.
“I feel pressured,” said one employee who declined to be identified, referring to his company’s culture.
“It’s kind of a double-edged sword.
You have to be able to maintain your integrity and your dignity.”
But others said that, if the company didn’t want to fire employees, they wouldn’t have been able to.
“Apple is not a company that will do anything to harm anyone.
It’s not a business that will threaten anyone,” said another former employee.
“But if you do something wrong, you can’t hide behind that.”
The employee said he had to pay for his own medical care, rent a car and pay for child care while working at the company for six months, despite his previous salary.
And when Apple decided to replace Schuster with someone from a different division, the employee said, he was told the replacement would be promoted and that he would still be working for the company, but he would be receiving his salary.
He also said that his company still doesn’t pay enough in rent and food, and that it still doesn, in fact, pay him more than the full salary.
“My salary is $35,000 a year, so if I was making $100,000, then it’s not that big a deal,” the employee explained.
“They’re making me work for $20,000 more than what I should be making.
But I’m still trying to get by.”
Schuster said he quit Apple because he felt that he had no options, and it’s hard to be a human resources director when you don’t have a job.
“This is the best company I’ve ever worked for, and now it’s over.
It feels like an eternity, but it feels like the longest,” Schuster said.
“I had a lot of opportunities to be an entrepreneur, but I chose not to be.
I wanted to be in a team.
And I felt like the company was not giving me any options.”
Apple’s Human Resources Department declined to comment.
In response to the reports, Apple has also denied the allegations.
“The allegation that we are discriminating against anyone because of their race or ethnicity is unequivocally untrue,” a spokesperson for the tech company said in a statement to Business Insider.
“We work hard to provide our employees with the opportunities they deserve, and we have a diverse team that includes people of all races, ethnicities and nationalities.
We will continue to do everything we can to ensure that we provide a welcoming and diverse workplace for everyone.”
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