Amazon.com Inc mentioned on Tuesday it terminated two workers, who criticized the working situations on the e-commerce big’s warehouses within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, for “repeatedly violating internal policies”.
The termination of Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, who labored as user-experience designers in Seattle, got here in a few weeks after the corporate fired one other worker Christian Smalls for elevating well being and security considerations for folks laboring by way of the outbreak.
The Seattle-based agency has been dealing with public scrutiny over security and dealing situations of warehouse, supply and retail gig staff within the United States after instances of COVID-19 had been reported in a few of its services. Amazon staff have additionally protested in different international locations.
Amazon mentioned it supported “every employee’s right to criticize their employer’s working conditions, but that does not come with blanket immunity against any and all internal policies.”
The world’s largest on-line retailer is racing to replace security protocols, preserve warehouses purposeful and ship important items to consumers who’ve been informed by their governments to remain house to cease the unfold of the coronavirus.
Last month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered the town’s Human Rights Commission to open an investigation to look into Christian Smalls’ allegations.
Five Democratic lawmakers additionally wrote a letter to the corporate final week questioning the allegations.
The Washington Post, which first reported the story, recognized the 2 workers as members of Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, an worker local weather group that has been vocal in elevating considerations over defending warehouse employees.
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