Programmers Claim Amazon Fired Them for Criticizing of Warehouse Conditions

Programmers Claim Amazon Fired Them for Criticizing of Warehouse Conditions

Programmers Claim Amazon Fired Them for Criticizing of Warehouse Conditions

Cunningham and Costa were fired for "repeatedly violating internal policies" which is believed to be a reference to Amazon employees being barred from "publicly disparaging" the company rather than only raising concerns internally.

US senators, labor leaders and some of Amazon's own workers have expressed concern that the company hasn't been doing enough to keep employees safe as Covid-19 cases pop up in dozens of facilities in the USA and Europe.

"We support every employee's right to criticize their employer's working conditions", a spokesperson for the company told TechCrunch, "but that does not come with blanket immunity against any and all internal policies".

Meanwhile Amazon on the other hand is working hard to ensure the safety of its employees while keeping the warehouses functional and shipping goods to customers who order them. Once he began informing colleagues of the risks they faced from the virus, he said, Amazon started targeting him.

Online retailer Amazon is hiring 75,000 people to handle increased demand from the coronavirus pandemic.

An Amazon spokesman said the positions are mostly in fulfillment centers and delivery stations, with flexible scheduling options. Small was sacked because he entered the warehouse despite having been placed in quarantine for potential exposure, the company said. Cory Booker sent a letter to Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos questioning the conditions under which Mr. Smalls was terminated.

OPEC cuts oil demand view again as market faces 'historic shock'
Oil industry capex this year was expected to fall by 32% to $335 billion, the lowest level for 13 years, the IEA added. OPEC expects the drop in demand this month to be the largest, seeing a contraction of 20 million bpd.

Still, Amazon workers have stressed that the company is not doing enough to protect them and the public, with a Twitter account called "Amazonians: We Won't Build It" representing frustrated Amazon workers condemning the company for firing employees.

The fallout from that was a possible lawsuit against Amazon for retaliating against a worker who was only protesting for worker rights, with New York Attorney General Letitia James calling Amazon "immoral and inhumane". Herdener previously said the policy did not allow employees to "publicly disparage or misrepresent the company".

The company has also defended its work to keep warehouses safe, saying it's following public-health guidance to limit employee contact in its facilities and supporting employees diagnosed with the disease.

In a statement, Mr. Zapolsky said he had "let my emotions draft my words and get the better of me". Amazon recently also fired two corporate employees who had been outspoken about Amazon's climate impact.

Amazon says that more than 500 new employees will be hired in the Harrisburg-Carlisle region. Costa had worked at the company for more than 15 years and Cunningham had been an employee for more than five. Like Mr. Mohamed, Mr. Qaisar said Amazon's reasoning for the warning was that he hadn't followed social-distancing rules.

The company has committed to adding new safety measures, including providing face masks and regular temperature checks for all warehouse workers, according to Business Insider.

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