The Virginia Employment Commission filed a wrongful dismissal lawsuit against Apple on Tuesday against an employee, alleging the company unlawfully fired her because of her political affiliation.
The lawsuit was filed against Apple, the United States Chamber of Commerce and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.
The commission alleges that the termination occurred after the employee had been fired by the company on the same day that she was found to have received an “illegal retaliatory” firing letter in the mail from the company.
The letter stated that the employee was terminated because she is a Democrat.
Apple’s statement to the commission said that the dismissal was made after the EEOC’s review of the company’s policies and procedures.
The statement said that Apple is “a beacon of American exceptionalism in the global marketplace.”
“It is our belief that the actions taken by the commission were unjust and unlawful,” the statement said.
“We intend to defend this case vigorously.”
The EEOC said that it “has no choice but to file this case and defend its fundamental right to pursue fair and just outcomes.”
Apple also said it will pay the plaintiff’s legal fees.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Apple is a beacon of America exceptionalism.
It is our view that the illegal termination of a U.S. citizen’s employment was unjust and illegal, and we intend to vigorously defend it.
We are also reviewing this case with our legal counsel, who will provide us with all relevant information.
Virginia is the first state to file a lawsuit against the company over its policies, a decision that comes as the tech industry grapples with allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
The issue is expected to play a central role in the November elections.
Apple, the largest tech company in the world, has struggled to recover from the fallout from sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, as well as the fallout of the fallout with allegations that executives from Facebook and Google paid female employees more than male colleagues.
The company has faced criticism for its handling of the allegations and the harassment allegations, and has faced growing pressure to change its culture after the resignation of chief executive Tim Cook.
The U.K. government is also investigating whether Apple broke its own anti-discrimination rules.
Apple said it has worked with the EEOR to resolve the complaint and is evaluating its options, including an appeal.
The EEOR said it is confident in its case against Apple and will continue to vigorously pursue it.
Apple will be joined by other technology companies in the lawsuit, which is not expected to reach a conclusion for months.