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Return to office is ‘racist’ say Apple employees

A furious group of 200 Apple employees – part of a newly-formed group, ‘Apple Together’have written to CEO Tim Cook branding calls to return to the office as racist. It argues a shift back to an in-person model will make the company ‘younger, whiter, [and] more male-dominated’. It claimed the model would change the composition of the company in favor of those who can afford to locate nearby, thus excluding talent that cannot so easily commute or afford to live in its catchment area. The open letter said: “Our vision of the future of work is growing further and further apart from that of the executive team.” The letter comes in response to Cook recently telling staffers they would need to work from the office one day a week starting on April 11, rising to two days per week after three weeks, and three days per week after May 23. The letter added: “[returning to the office] will lead to privileges deciding who can work for Apple, not who’d be the best fit; privileges like being born in the right place so you don’t have to relocate.”

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