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The Apple Park campus stands in this aerial photograph taken above Cupertino, Calif., in 2019. Photo: Sam Hall/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Labor Department is investigating a complaint by former Apple employee Ashley Gjøvik that the company illegally retaliated against her after she reported workplace safety issues to federal authorities.

Why it matters: The move comes as Apple, like other large tech firms, is facing inquiries from a wide array of local and national regulators.

  • In a Dec. 10 letter, seen by Axios, the Labor Department told Gjøvik that it has received her complaint and sent Apple a request for its position on the matter.

The big picture: Gjøvik has filed complaints against Apple, with multiple government agencies alleging Apple has violated a range of laws covering worker rights and environmental conditions, among other issues.

What they're saying: Gjøvik told Axios that she filed the complaint with the Labor Department "to ensure Apple knows they are not above the law."

  • "I also want all other companies to see that if even Apple is held accountable, so will they," she said. "The normalization of Big Tech legal exceptionalism must end."

Apple pointed to its prior statement on her complaints, in which it said it is "deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace."

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The market's best three years since '99

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Data: FactSet; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

2021 was a dozen spiritually debilitating months of disruption and sickness — but also a hopeful time of vaccination, resilience and recovery. Either way, the market loved it.

The big picture: The S&P 500 jumped nearly 27% last year, underpinned by super-supportive monetary policy from the Federal Reserve and hopes for forthcoming Federal spending from the Biden administration. It was the third straight double-digit showing for the benchmark index.

Scoop: Stephanie Ruhle to replace Brian Williams on MSNBC

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MSNBC will soon announce plans to move morning anchor Stephanie Ruhle to the 11 pm ET hour that Brian Williams turned into an elite destination, two sources familiar with the move tell Axios.

Details: The 9 am ET hour, currently hosted by Ruhle, will become part of MSNBC's flagship morning show, "Morning Joe," which currently runs from 6 am to 9 am ET.

Oath Keepers leader denied bail on Capitol riot sedition charge

Oath Keepers co-founder Elmer Stewart Rhodes. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP

A federal judge ordered Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes to remain jailed Wednesday until trial on charges stemming from the Capitol riot.

Why it matters: The judge said the most prominent far-right figure charged in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection had access to weapons and his alleged "continued advocacy for violence against the federal government" gave credence to prosecutors' view that, if released, Rhodes could endanger others.

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