Five other women are charging Amazon with gender bias and racial discrimination
The lawsuits, filed separately, allege that Amazon managers across the country discriminate against women and racial minorities.
Five women who worked for Amazon in very different roles have filed separate lawsuits against the company alleging they faced gender bias, racial discrimination, and retaliation.
According to USA Today, the lawsuit was filed by a “mixed group of women” ages 23 to 64. All of them accuse Amazon managers of taking revenge on them after filing complaints of sexual harassment or racial discrimination.
USA Today notes that of the five plaintiffs, two are black while the other are whites, Latinas, and Asians. Their positions at Amazon are as varied as their careers: some worked at company headquarters, others in warehouse positions.
One of the lawsuits filed by 64-year-old Pearl Thomas – an also black Amazon hiring partner in Washington – alleged that a white supervisor called her the “N word” after thinking she hung up on a video call in March .
Thomas also claimed that in other meetings she and another black employee had been told by a manager, “You don’t want to be an angry black woman.”
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Several of the other women reported similar incidents on their records, reporting persistent racial abuse, sexual harassment, and general gender bias.
One of the plaintiffs, Emily Sousa – a 23-year-old Asian-American shift supervisor based in Pennsylvania – said one of her managers made “long phone calls to her” trying repeatedly to inquire about her personal life. The same manager also asked Sousa to spend time with him outside of work. When Sousa refused, she was downgraded “three notches” and sent to work in a New Jersey facility.
The women are jointly represented by Widgor LLP, who is pursuing another high-profile discrimination case against Amazon.
“Amazon can no longer dismiss abusive behavior and retaliation by white managers as mere anecdotes,” the company said in a statement. “These are systemic problems that are deeply rooted in the company and run by a human resources organization that treats employees who raise concerns as problems.”
A lawyer for the firm also stated that this lawsuit in particular shows the extent and depth of discrimination at Amazon.
“These five people really represent a cross-section of the employees,” says Jeanne Christensen, partner at Widgor. “We definitely saw a pattern in the stories we were told.”
Amazon spokeswoman Jaci Anderson told Bloomberg Equity that the company is actively investigating each of the incidents involved in the lawsuits – and has found no evidence to support the allegations.
“Amazon works hard to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture,” Anderson wrote in an email to Bloomberg. “We do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment, and employees are encouraged to report their concerns to any member of management or through an anonymous ethics line without the risk of retaliation.”
Amazon faces 5 more lawsuits from women alleging racial and gender discrimination and harassment
Amazon hit 5 more lawsuits from employees alleging racial and gender discrimination
Amazon is suing five women for prejudice and retaliation