Apple’s hiring practices are being questioned after the company employed the author of a 2016 autobiography that at one point describes Bay Area women as soft, weak and entitled, and also called East Palo Alto “a local slum.”
Antonio García Martínez, a tech entrepreneur and author of Chaos Monkeys, was reportedly hired to work in Apple’s advertising tech division last month. Following the circulation of a petition signed by over 2,000 Apple employees, however, Apple reported that Garcia Martinez is no longer with the company, according to The Verge, which posted the petition in full. The petition included excerpts from the book it says “directly oppose Apple’s commitment to Inclusion & Diversity.”
One excerpt states, “Most women in the Bay Area are soft and weak, cosseted and naive despite their claims of worldliness, and generally full of s—t…They have their self-regarding entitlement feminism, and ceaselessly vaunt their independence, but the reality is, come the epidemic plague or foreign invasion, they’d become precisely the sort of useless baggage you’d trade for a box of shotgun shells or a jerry can of diesel.”
The employees’ petition demanded an investigation into Apple’s employment process.
“It calls into question parts of our system of inclusion at Apple, including hiring panels, background checks, and our process to ensure our existing culture of inclusion is strong enough to withstand individuals who don’t share our inclusive values,” the petition states.
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