Apple's former black employee is facing the high-tech problem for $ 750,000, alleging discrimination by customers and managers – and he lost his job when he complained.
Joshua Holt, 32, claimed in a law last week that “white customers always asked” if he worked in an Apple store at Washington Square Mall in Tigard, Oregon, d & # 39; despite the fact that he welcomed them directly into the site, The Oregonian reports.
Other white shoppers also referred to Holt as a “boyfriend” and sometimes ignored his white counterparts at Apple, and did not avoid it, his legal demands.
“When Mr Holt shared these experiences with his co-workers and management, he was often told that he would take intent with a positive intent’ or that he was overloading, ”reads the legal matter. "Mr. Holt increased more and more worried by Apple without submitting his concerns a lot to get a worthwhile response."
Holt was strongly accused by the “racially discriminatory surplus” that he wanted medical leave and a doctor requested that he be transferred back to the Apple shop in the center of Portland, where he had previously worked and could have a more environment. have different.
But Apple refused to transfer Holt to transfer, the company based in California initially hired in 2011 and later helped to open a shop in Atlanta. Managers in Oregon suggested that “it would work through the interactions” on its own initiative, according to the law.
Then, in December 2018, a white customer looking at Apple's view did not understand what Holt wanted to tell him and he was replaced by Apple's white employee, the legal claims.
"Mr. Holt politely asked,‘ Not what I just said? '' "According to the law, claiming that the white worker gave the same answer." Mr. Holt explained that he always wanted to improve his communication. The customer had to resist Mr Holt. ”
A colleague was then required to intervene when the customer entered the Holt personal space, according to the law. The town managers then launched Holt before going on an administrative holiday. It was then fired in March to breach company policies, according to the law.
A message seeking comments from Apple's spokesperson was not returned immediately on Tuesday, but the company's spokesman Rachel Wolf Tulley refused to comment when she reached the Oregonian, citing the ongoing litigation.