"On January 23rd, Apple fired one of it's 'MacGeniuses' after he returned home from a week of Volunteering with the UN to help the people of Haiti. The reason? The employee (Mr. Jeremy A. Holt) did not follow the Company Policy stating that he 'call in sick' for every day that he was absent. Even though he sent out an email saying that he'd be out for 6 days without communication.
Let's band together and ask the people at Apple this:: What matters more- Company Policy, or SAVING LIVES?!"
Letter from Jeremy
A Note from Jeremy Holt
Hey everyone, Thank you so much for all of your support and enthusiasm to get Apple to change some of their ways. I wanted to let you know (in brief) how this group came to be. Last week I was presented a time-sensitive opportunity to fly to Santiago in the Dominic...an Republic as part of a volunteer relief group, assisting in sending aid to Haiti. I was working with a volunteer group that was being co-sponsored by Airline Ambassadors, an N.G.O. program working in conjunction with the airlines, as well as the United Nations. I followed the standard procedure for calling out of work at exactly 4:47am on January 16th, the same hour that I was notified that I was eligible to participate in the program. I was gone for five days. As of today, January 23, 2010, I have been terminated by Apple. I was told because I didn't follow protocol, which requires that I call out for each day that I am absent, that three "no call/no shows", is grounds for termination. I thought that explaining my whereabouts for this past five days would have been sufficient, clearly it was not. I want to be clear that I am not outraged that I was fired. I am just deeply saddened that Apple lacks the compassion and empathy when it came to reviewing my employment in the context of my situation. I acknowledge and accept that I need to be held accountable for leaving work so abruptly, but to not let me make it up to them is harsh. In a nutshell, I was fired for a technicality, my work in Santiago helping send aid to Haiti, irrelevant. I've sent an email to Steve Jobs about this, simply informing him of what has transpired. My family are the ones that are outraged and my brother has managed to contact CNN, who are going to call me tomorrow to follow up in more detail. I hope this email finds you all well. Best, Jeremy Holt.
A word from his brother on just how crucial his work was in this service to haiti.
"I just want to let you know that Jeremy did more than "bring toiletries and mingling with the (disadvantaged) locals". Quite the contrary in fact. BECAUSE of his extension computer knowledge, he was asked by Airline Ambassadors and the UN to take charge to setup up communication command centers in order to coordinate planes to reach Haitian refugees. Prior to his arrival, the aide that was available was NOT able to be delivered.
His services there were invaluable since NOBODY there had any technical computer knowledge.
And JUST because Apple has a "huge PR machine", does that mean that they can NEVER be at fault??"
Seems like apple has heard Jeremy!! YAY!!!!
"Thanks everyone for the support and encouragement! I am thrilled to announce- all of your emails have reached the folks at Apple! Ron Johnson of Apple has contacted us personally to acknowledge that the situation could have been handled much better and has been quite apologetic. He (and the rest of Apple) are very keen... to do what needs to be done to MAKE THIS RIGHT. Thank you everyone for your support and for your emails to Apple. We are hopeful that a resolution to this whole mess can be found."
Edited by shadylane, 25 January 2010 - 08:01 AM.