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A software company known for making home appliances and appliances that look like PCs has found itself at the center of a firestorm over allegations that it discriminated against African-American customers, according to a former CEO and chief operating officer.
In an interview with CNBC, Steve Wojickiak, who was ousted from Apple Inc. in June for allegedly making racist remarks, said his company has not been the focus of the controversy.
But his comments have drawn sharp criticism from some quarters.
A blog post on TechCrunch by a former employee at Wojackiak’s software company says Wojakiak made racial comments at a conference in 2013 and at a Q&A with investors in 2014.
Wojakidakis has been accused by several African-Americans of being racist.
The former employee wrote that he was asked to leave the conference after he criticized the diversity of Wojaka’s team, including that of the president of the Black Chamber of Commerce.
The Black Chamber also filed a lawsuit against Wojakiks leadership and a former chief operating and general counsel in an effort to block the CEO from continuing to lead Apple.
Wozniaks dismissal was criticized by a number of black tech industry leaders, including the founders of the company that invented the internet.
In addition to being accused of racism, Wojik has also been accused of sexism, sexual harassment and other misconduct.
In an email sent to CNBC by a source close to the company, Woznicak said the accusations against him were baseless and had no basis.
In a statement, Apple said Wojinski was a talented leader who was a valued member of our team.
We will continue to vigorously defend the integrity of our hiring practices.
Apple declined to comment further on Wojinics comments.
Wiznik was fired by Apple in August after a tumultuous three months.
The resignation was widely criticized as a result of the allegations and Wojikeks alleged lack of candor in public about his own racism.
In his resignation letter, Wosik said he was unable to be as frank about his personal and professional history and the company’s systemic issues that he said included a culture of sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, and discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender and other forms of discrimination.
He said he had recently been diagnosed with a form of pancreatic cancer.
Woski was fired in the wake of the outcry over allegations against the company.
A former employee said he believed the company had retaliated against Wozinics allegations and that Wojikiks dismissal had been driven by the company itself.
The former employee also said he believes Apple retaliated because Wojijackiks decision to quit was driven by a desire to avoid litigation over discrimination claims.
In the aftermath of the scandal, Apple’s chief financial officer resigned, as did its chief legal officer and a number other top executives.
Wojiks successor, CFO Michael Moritz, has not yet been named.
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