Three women in another state recently filed legal claims against Amazon for poor treatment in the workplace. These women claim to be victims of racial and religious discrimination. They also claim that reporting the discrimination resulted in retaliation in the workplace. Whether one resides in California or elsewhere, if discrimination of any form is happening at one's place of work, one may have legal recourse.
According to a recently published report, the three women, who are Muslim Somali, have claimed that they are given harder assignments than their white co-workers and feared being written up for taking breaks to pray. They have also claimed that white workers are given special consideration when promotions become available. The plaintiffs joined a rally in Dec. 2018 in an effort to bring the poor labor conditions to light. They assert that doing so resulted in them receiving retaliatory treatment from their superiors and other staff. They are seeking unspecified damages.
When the plaintiffs' concerns were brought to the attention of the Human Resources Department, investigations occurred, though the victims claim that these investigations were inadequate. Amazon has not had a lot to say about this particular case as litigation is pending, but a spokesperson for the company stated that diversity is important to the company and accommodations have been made specifically for Muslim workers so they can pray and practice other aspects of their faith during their workday. No comments were issued about only promoting white workers.
The accusations in this case are serious, and they do deserve adequate attention. No one should have to put up with the things that these three women claim to endure in the workplace. California residents who feel that they are the victims of discrimination and retaliation may be entitled to pursue legal claims against their employers just as these victims have. Legal counsel can review one's case and help one decide the best course of action for dealing with the matter.