The largest e-retailer of the world Amazon.com Unc has been slapped with five new lawsuits filed by women alleging gender bias, racial bias or both against them by the retailer. All of the women worked in corporate or warehouse management roles and are aged between 23 to 64 years.
In the law suits, the women alleged that the company has a culture of favoring men over women with regards to career growth and allowed supervisors to denigrate the women retaliated against them when complained against.
Two of the plaintiffs are Black, one is Latina, one is Asian-American and one is white and all of them filed their lawsuits in federal courts in Arizona, California, Delaware and Amazon’s hometown of Seattle.
The company has found no evidence supporting the accusations, said an Amazon spokesman. While having policy of intolerance towards discrimination or harassment, Amazon supports a “diverse, equitable and inclusive culture”, the spokesman said.
The Wigdor law firm, which also represents a Black manager at Amazon Web Services who had filed a case against the company in March over alleged systemic discrimination, also filed these five lawsuits.
Cindy Warner, a gay executive in that unit is among the plaintiffs and alleged that a male manager used to openly call her a “bitch,” an “idiot” and a “nobody” and that her job was terminated by the company after it was revealed that she had hired a lawyer.
In another suit filed by one of the Black plaintiffs Pearl Thomas, alleged that her concerns about her treatment were downplayed by a human resources employee who argued that Thomas was upset by current events and that “my name is not Derek Chauvin” the white former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd.
Women who accused now-convicted movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, and Fox News employees alleging bias or harassment there, were also represented by the Wigdor firm.
His company needed to take care of employees better, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said in April, while Amazon had said that more Blacks in senior and corporate roles was desired by the company.
At the end of 2020, there were about 1.3 million full- and part-time employees at Amazon.
On the other hand, the company is also urging its shareholders to reject a proposal which calls for an independent audit analyzing its “impacts on civil rights, equity, diversity and inclusion” at the company’s annual meeting on May 26.
(Adapted from MoneyControl.com)