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Apple employees fired over alleged photo sharing ring.

Apple employees fired over alleged photo sharing ring. (Last Updated On: October 17, 2016)

Several male employees at an Apple Store in Queensland have been fired after allegedly stealing photos from customers’ phones. The males allegedly also took photos of females in the store without their knowledge, and ranked them out of 10 based on their level of attractiveness.

The employees’ behaviour came to light when a staff member at the Carindale store noticed a technician looking through a customer’s phone in the repair room. The staff member spoke out about the incident, due to fears that the ‘disgusting’ practice would be occurring at other stores.

As part of the photo sharing and rating game, one person would take a photo and add it to a chat. The others would then rate the person out of 10 and add their own side commentary to the photo.

Apple confirmed in a statement that the Carindale store was under investigation, and staff had been fired as a result.

“Apple believe in treating everyone equally and with respect, and we do not ­tolerate behaviour that goes against our values,” the statement read. “We are investigating a violation of Apple’s business conduct policy at our store in Carindale, where several employees have already been terminated as a result of our findings.”

Apple have met with the Carindale team to inform them of their formal investigation, and they are taking measures to ensure their privacy.

This case highlights the importance of having policies and procedures in place to protect and maintain both your employees’ and customers’ privacy. Businesses which collect and manage personal information must have processes in place which are clearly communicated to employees to ensure they understand their responsibilities.

As Australia’s leading workplace relations specialist, Employsure can address any concerns you may have regarding employee misconduct and workplace investigations. We can also assist with drafting tailored policies and procedures for your workplace, so call us today on 1300 651 415 to speak to a specialist.

Sourced from news.com.au and HC Online.

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