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By Stephen Nellis
(Reuters) – An Apple Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 engineer who left the company this week after thousands of colleagues signed a petition calling for his dismissal said on Twitter he was fired “by snap decision “and that Apple had made defamatory statements about him.
Apple said on Wednesday that Antonio García Martínez, a former Facebook Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 Product Manager who joined his advertising business in April, was no longer with the company. The iPhone maker took the step after more than 2,000 Apple employees signed an internal petition to oppose what they denounced as sexist and racist views in its 2016 book “Chaos Monkeys” on the work in Silicon Valley.
Announcing his departure, Apple said it strives to create an inclusive and welcoming workplace and that “behaviors that demean or discriminate against people for who they are have no place here.”
On Twitter on Friday, García Martínez said Apple was well aware of his writings and interviewed references he provided to the company about the differences between his professional and literary characters.
“I didn’t ‘split’ from Apple. I was fired by Apple by instant decision,” García Martínez said on Twitter. “Apple has issued a statement which clearly implies that I have engaged in negative behavior during my time at Apple. It is defamatory and categorically false.”
Apple did not immediately return a request for comment on García Martínez’s posts.
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