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TikToking Apple employee fired over medical leave, not videos

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After a tumultuous August, TikToker and former Apple hardware engineer Paris Campbell has again shared a video. This time, she's claiming she was wrongfully terminated over medical leave related to COVID.

Campbell first rose to prominence in August after she released a video explaining why you should never remove Activation Lock from a stolen iPhone.

Later that same month, she returned to TikTok stating that the company had contacted her, telling her to take the video down. If she didn't, Campbell was threatened with disciplinary action "up to and including termination."

Now, the Tiktoker has released a third video, informing viewers that Apple had fired her in mid-December — but not over her videos.

As it turns out, Campbell had been placed on extended medical leave as part of Apple's dedication to employees impacted by COVID. Campbell had tested positive for COVID three times before her termination.

"The whole reason that they were trying to fire me in the first place wasn't because of a TikTok video," she says.

"For the last year, I have been on a medical leave that Apple put into place for people who had COVID, or had long COVID, or had complications from COVID, and then this past Friday, they finally fired me for that leave."

The company had allegedly sent numerous letters to her former address, which had burned down earlier in the year, requesting medical documentation to validate her extended medical leave.

She notes that the company knew she did not live at her former address and believes this was done intentionally to prevent her from providing documentation.

"I believe they may have done this as a way of giving me no options to attempt to keep my job, because they then conveniently e-mailed me my termination letter at the end, instead of sending it to my old address," Campbell told The Daily Dot.

Campbell is looking into the possibility of taking legal action against Apple under the pretense of wrongful termination.