Apple banned caste discrimination in the company

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Reuters claims that Apple amended its general employee conduct code nearly two years ago to forbid caste-based discrimination, but it has not been publicly acknowledged. The new policy coexists with current laws that forbid discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, and heritage.

The upgrade, according to the article, occurred in June 2020 when Cisco Systems was sued by California’s employment authority on behalf of a low-caste engineer who claimed two superiors from higher castes were obstructing his career. The incident caused large internet companies to face reality, which appears to extend beyond Indian boundaries, and was seen as the first US employment lawsuit regarding suspected casteism.

Apple reportedly told the publication that the policy had been updated. The corporation “changed language a couple of years ago to reinforce” that it forbids “discrimination or harassment based on caste,” according to the statement. It further states that caste is explicitly mentioned in the employee training.

IBM appears to have changed its policy to cover anti-caste rules in addition to Apple. According to Reuters, IBM is now only educating its management on caste. The main global policy of other major tech companies like Amazon, Dell, Facebook owner Meta, Microsoft, and Google does not officially and overtly include caste.

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