A group of Apple employees has blamed the big-tech giant for racism over its push for corporate workers to return to the office, announcing that the shift back to an in-person model will make the company "younger, whiter, [and] more male-dominated." The employees, organized under the newly-formed group Apple Together, petitioned the company on Friday in an open letter after CEO Tim Cook explained to staffers that they would have to work from the office one day a week beginning on April 11, two days per week after three weeks, and three days per week after May 23. [tweet_embed] May 2, 2022[/tweet_embed] They wrote that the choice to bring employees back to the office was not motivated by a "need to commune in person," as Cook wrote in his letter to staff, yet instead was driven by the company’s "fear of the future of work, fear of worker autonomy [and] fear of losing control." Although Apple will "likely always find people willing to work here,' the group wrote, the shift back to working in the office will 'change the makeup of [the company's workforce]." "It will lead to privileges deciding who can work for Apple, not who’d be the best fit," the group wrote. "Privileges like 'being born in the right place so you don’t have to relocate,' or 'being young enough to start a new life in a new city/country' or 'having a stay-at-home spouse who will move with you.'" [tweet_embed] May 2, 2022[/tweet_embed] "And privileges like being born into a gender that society doesn’t expect the majority of care-work from, so it’s easy to disappear into an office all day, without doing your fair share of unpaid work in society. Or being rich enough to pay others to do your care-work for you." Instead of "throwing money at the problem and just increasing referral bonuses to replace those of our colleagues who left over the executive team's inflexibility," the group advocates for proceeding with a remote work model so that "everyone who wants to work at Apple is able to do so." There has been a marked uptick in diversity at Apple amid the pandemic, although it is vague whether this was driven by the company's transition to remote work. [tweet_embed] May 2, 2022[/tweet_embed] In 2014, the company’s workforce was made up of 70 percent men and 30 percent women, yet those percentages have shifted - according to Apple's 2022 Inclusion and Diversity Report, 65.2 percent of the workforce is now male and 34.8 percent are female. Apple's leadership saw an 87 percent increase in female employees worldwide, the company boasted, and its total female workforce grew by 89 percent. The company hired more minorities than ever before in 2021 - that way, 25 percent of Apple's leadership roles and 41 percent of its retail positions were filled by Black and Hispanic workers.