Apple CEO Tim Cook and the company’s SVP of Retail and People, Deirdre O’Brien, held a meeting on Friday where they answered questions from employees.
The New York Times writes that the meeting touched on a variety of topics and was sent to Apple employees around the world.
Among other things, they must answer questions about equal pay. According to employees who have pursued these questions, only two of them should be answered. Exactly what questions it is about and what answers were given is unclear.
Tim Cook will partially comment on equal pay and both he and Deirdre O’Brien will say that the company regularly evaluates the rules for compensation and ensures that it is fair to employees.
“When we find any pay gaps, as sometimes happens, we close them,” Deirdre O’Brien said during the meeting.
Tim Cook is said to have refused to answer any questions. Among other things, questions submitted by # The Appletoo movement regarding what specific measures Apple has taken to address the pay gap and make Apple’s leadership more representative of women and minorities.
In a comment to The New York Times, the movement’s coordinator, Janneke Parrish, says that:
“With the answers Tim gave today, we did not feel heard.”
In a statement to The New York Times, Apple says they are highly dedicated to a positive and inclusive workplace.
“We take all reported unrest seriously and investigate properly as soon as a problem is identified and, out of respect for the people involved, we do not discuss specific cases.”