Lawsuit in US accuses Amazon of ‘systemic’ racism in corporate offices

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A lawsuit filed in US federal court docket on Monday accused Amazon of retaining ladies and Black workers down whereas publicly speaking up the necessity for variety and social justice.

Charlotte Newman, who’s Black and heads Underrepresented Founder Startup Business Development at Amazon Web Services, stated in the swimsuit she has been harassed, sexually assaulted, and saved from advancing to positions she deserved in the company.

“Like so many other Black and female employees at Amazon, Charlotte Newman was confronted with a systemic pattern of insurmountable discrimination based upon the colour of her skin and her gender,” attorneys argued in the lawsuit.

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

“Amazon works hard to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture, and these allegations do not reflect those efforts or our values,” an Amazon spokeswoman stated in reply to an AFP inquiry.

“We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind and thoroughly investigate all claims and take appropriate action.”

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

Newman stated she was employed as a public coverage supervisor at Amazon 4 years in the past, rapidly doing work usually assigned to greater degree workers and paid lower than white co-workers.

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

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

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

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