FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at an Amazon facility in Bethpage on Lengthy Island in New York, U.S., March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photograph
(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) mentioned on Tuesday it terminated two staff, who criticized the working circumstances on the e-commerce big’s warehouses within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, for “repeatedly violating inner insurance 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 means of the outbreak.
The Seattle-based agency has been dealing with public scrutiny over security and dealing circumstances of warehouse, supply and retail gig staff in the US after instances of COVID-19 have been reported in a few of its services. Amazon staff have additionally protested in different international locations.
Amazon mentioned it supported “each worker’s proper to criticize their employer’s working circumstances, however that doesn’t include blanket immunity in opposition to any and all inner insurance policies.”
The world’s largest on-line retailer is racing to replace security protocols, preserve warehouses useful and ship important items to buyers who’ve been instructed by their governments to remain residence to cease the unfold of the coronavirus.
Final month, New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio ordered town’s Human Rights Fee to open an investigation to look into Christian Smalls’ allegations.
5 Democratic lawmakers additionally wrote a letter to the corporate final week questioning the allegations.
The Washington Put up, which first reported right here the story, recognized the 2 staff as members of Amazon Workers for Local weather Justice, an worker local weather group that has been vocal in elevating considerations over defending warehouse employees.
Reporting by Aakriti Bhalla in Bengaluru, Modifying by Sherry Jacob-Phillips