Amazon Fires Three More Workers Who Criticized Warehouse Conditions During Coronavirus
Amazon fired three warehouse workers after they altered the public of the work conditions during the coronavirus pandemic.
The e-commerce giant previously fired a black warehouse manager, Chris Smalls, who organized a strike and blew the whistle on Amazon for allegedly downplaying of death numbers in its Staten Island, New York Warehouse on April 30.
This time Amazon fired Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, who are both part of the advocacy group Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, reportedly offered match donations up to $500 for warehouse workers, citing insufficient protections.
Amazon also fired Minnesota warehouse employee Bashir Mohamed, who was involved in organizing worker demonstrations for a safer workplace during the coronavirus outbreak, noted BuzzFeed News.
Amazon confirmed the firings of Cunningham and Costa in a vaguely worded statement to CNET:
We support every employee’s right to criticize their employer’s working conditions, but that does not come with blanket immunity against any and all internal policies. We terminated these employees for repeatedly violating internal policies.
Amazon spokeswoman Kristen Kish issued a vaguely worded statement about the firing of Mohamed: “This individual was terminated as a result of progressive disciplinary action for inappropriate language, behavior, and violating social distancing guidelines,” she said.