Apple fails to get Asian employee bias case dismissed

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A discrimination lawsuit is set to continue after Apple lawyers failed to persuade a judge to dismiss the case, brought by a female Asian engineer against the company.

Santa Clara County Superior Court (Source: Twitter)
Santa Clara County Superior Court (Source: Twitter)


Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Sunil R. Kulkarni has denied Apple's request to dismiss a lawsuit brought by engineer Anita Nariani Schulze. The suit alleges that Schulze was subjected to discrimination by two of her managers.

According to Bloomberg, Schulze says that the managers both discriminated against her because she is a Hindu Indian woman of the Sindh region of what is now Pakistan. Her full complaint alleges that the managers, one from India and one from Pakistan, discriminated because their "respective nationalities historically viewed women as subservient."

"Plaintiff's Managers consistently excluded her from team meetings but included her male counterparts," continues Schulze's court filing. "When Ms. Schulze discovered errors in the team's work and notified her Managers, they would respond in a condescending manner and dismiss her discoveries."

"If team projects involving Plaintiff were late, her Managers would exclusively blame her," it says. "The Managers would micromanage Ms. Schulze's work by monitoring the speed at which she performed assignments, something that did not happen to male employees."

"Finally, Ms. Schulze's Managers told her that she needed to be more involved in her employment and that the reason she was not more involved was because she had children," says the filing.

In a hearing to determine the eligibility of the case, Apple reportedly argued that Schulze's claims were not specific enough, and were based on stereotypes. Judge Kulkarni ruled instead that Schulze had adequately supported her legal claims.

The judge did, however, also reject Schulze's request to widen the case to represent a class of female Apple employees. Judge Kulkarni agreed with Apple that she hadn't shown a pattern of discrimination that could be applied more broadly.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    mac_dogmac_dog Posts: 909member
    Sounds like Franklin Templeton. This is typical of a phenomenon called, “ostracism in the workplace,” has the same impact of bullying, and has harmful effects to employees. 

    Apple Human Resources—educate yourselves about this and train your management. Diversity is one thing, but it needs to be clear that those who are from other cultures, need to leave their biases at home and not bring them to the workplace. 
  • Reply 2 of 7
    nicholfdnicholfd Posts: 622member
    mac_dog said:
    Sounds like Franklin Templeton. This is typical of a phenomenon called, “ostracism in the workplace,” has the same impact of bullying, and has harmful effects to employees. 

    Apple Human Resources—educate yourselves about this and train your management. Diversity is one thing, but it needs to be clear that those who are from other cultures, need to leave their biases at home and not bring them to the workplace. 
    So guilty until proven innocent?  That's the tone of your comment.
    muthuk_vanalingamelijahggeorgie01
  • Reply 3 of 7
    rbelizerbelize Posts: 20member
    nicholfd said:
    mac_dog said:
    Sounds like Franklin Templeton. This is typical of a phenomenon called, “ostracism in the workplace,” has the same impact of bullying, and has harmful effects to employees. 

    Apple Human Resources—educate yourselves about this and train your management. Diversity is one thing, but it needs to be clear that those who are from other cultures, need to leave their biases at home and not bring them to the workplace. 
    So guilty until proven innocent?  That's the tone of your comment.
    Isn't that standard with the "woke" crowd?  ;) 
    cornchipelijahggeorgie01
  • Reply 4 of 7
    sbdudesbdude Posts: 82member
    rbelize said:
    nicholfd said:
    mac_dog said:
    Sounds like Franklin Templeton. This is typical of a phenomenon called, “ostracism in the workplace,” has the same impact of bullying, and has harmful effects to employees. 

    Apple Human Resources—educate yourselves about this and train your management. Diversity is one thing, but it needs to be clear that those who are from other cultures, need to leave their biases at home and not bring them to the workplace. 
    So guilty until proven innocent?  That's the tone of your comment.
    Isn't that standard with the "woke" crowd?  ;) 
    If you consider it a "standard", then yes!  :D
    rbelize
  • Reply 5 of 7
    sbdude said:
    rbelize said:
    nicholfd said:
    mac_dog said:
    Sounds like Franklin Templeton. This is typical of a phenomenon called, “ostracism in the workplace,” has the same impact of bullying, and has harmful effects to employees. 

    Apple Human Resources—educate yourselves about this and train your management. Diversity is one thing, but it needs to be clear that those who are from other cultures, need to leave their biases at home and not bring them to the workplace. 
    So guilty until proven innocent?  That's the tone of your comment.
    Isn't that standard with the "woke" crowd?  ;) 
    If you consider it a "standard", then yes!  :D
    Woke crowd’s new norms for sure
    rbelize
  • Reply 6 of 7
    Having worked with people from that general part of the world for the last couple of decades, both here in the United States as well as remotely, I can believe it.  I've noticed lots of women being treated not even as well as "second class citizens".  Among certain segments of that population, there's a level of contempt for women in the workplace that would astound many Americans.
  • Reply 7 of 7
    georgie01georgie01 Posts: 393member
    Discrimination happens all of the time and for an infinite number of reasons. It’s just the ‘woke’ crowd that wants to pretend it’s only against women, or black people, etc. In reality, we discriminate against others in varying degrees every day—because their personality rubs us the wrong way, or because they look or dress funny, or because they have bad breath, or because they make stupid jokes, etc.

    Maybe this lady is just an annoying person and interprets people’s response as discrimination. People see what they want to see.
    rbelize
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