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Amazon accused of race-gender bias in office

2021-03-02 03:30:00

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WASHINGTON – A lawsuit filed in US federal courtroom on Monday accused Amazon of protecting girls and Black staff down whereas publicly speaking up the necessity for range and social justice.

Charlotte Newman, who’s Black and heads Underrepresented Founder Startup Enterprise Improvement at Amazon Net Companies, mentioned within the swimsuit she has been harassed, sexually assaulted, and stored from advancing to positions she deserved within the company.

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“Like so many different Black and feminine staff at Amazon, Charlotte Newman was confronted with a systemic sample of insurmountable discrimination primarily based upon the colour of her pores and skin and her gender,” attorneys argued within the lawsuit.

Newman is asking for her case to be heard by a jury, and to be awarded unspecified money damages.

“Amazon works arduous to foster a various, equitable, and inclusive tradition, and these allegations don’t mirror these efforts or our values,” an Amazon spokeswoman mentioned in reply to an Newpaper24 inquiry.

“We don’t tolerate discrimination or harassment of any form and totally examine all claims and take acceptable motion.”

Amazon is digging into allegations made within the lawsuit, the spokeswoman added.

Newman mentioned she was employed as a public coverage supervisor at Amazon 4 years in the past, shortly doing work usually assigned to increased stage staff and paid lower than white co-workers.

In June of final yr she filed a written criticism about harassment by a male govt and “discriminatory attitudes” expressed by managers at Amazon, in keeping with the swimsuit.

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Later that yr, she filed a criticism with the Workplace of Human Rights in Washington, DC, the submitting mentioned.

Practices at Amazon embody placing Black staff into decrease paying jobs at ranges beneath their {qualifications} and abilities, after which making them wait longer for promotions, the swimsuit contended.

Various Black girls at Amazon, and significantly its cloud providers division, have spoken of getting their hair touched with out consent or being criticized for not being pleasant sufficient, in keeping with the swimsuit.

“Racial and sexual discrimination exists in Amazon’s company corridors, not simply its warehouses – it merely takes a distinct kind,” the lawsuit charged.

“Amazon has failed to noticeably grapple with these points amongst its administration.”

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