Amazon Warehouse Discrimination Lawsuit
Amazon Employees Report Facing Hostile Work Environments and Discrimination
Past and present employees of Amazon warehouses are reporting cases of hostile work environments and discrimination against Black employees. Employees at the Joliet, Illinois, Amazon warehouse have filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the company, alleging corporate abuse, racial discrimination, and retaliation. According to the complaint, a group of Black employees of an Amazon fulfillment center stated that racist death threats were written in bathroom stalls, and a lack of security and accountability have contributed to a racially hostile work environment since late 2021. This is allegedly not an isolated incident as more reports of Amazon employee discrimination and hostile work environments within Amazon warehouses are surfacing. If you are a current or past employee of an Amazon warehouse or fulfillment center and have experienced discrimination, contact a Racial and Economic Justice attorney for McCune Law Group today.
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Discrimination Within Amazon Warehouses
Employees, past and present, are alleging workplace discrimination, racism, and hostile work environment. According to the Amazon discrimination lawsuit filed against Amazon warehouses, Black employees in the Joliet, Illinois, MDW2 fulfillment center have been experiencing racism, racial discrimination, retaliation, and death threats. Additionally, when the Black employees asked for better security at the warehouse amid death threats, the complaint alleges they were repeatedly denied and told their only options were to leave work for the day. Allegedly, this case of discrimination at Amazon warehouses is not isolated, however. Many reports of discrimination within Amazon warehouses are beginning to surface.
The employees that filed the complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are now claiming they feel unsafe to speak out against these terrible acts out of fear of retaliation from warehouse management. Other workers in the warehouse also allege that management ignored complaints of other employees wearing clothing that contained images of the Confederate flag.
If you are a past or present Amazon warehouse employee and have experienced discrimination within an Amazon warehouse, contact our team of attorneys today by calling (909) 345-8110 or by completing the form.
Types of Discrimination in the Workplace
Discrimination in the workplace can take on various forms. In 2017 alone, the EEOC reported over 80,000 employment discrimination charges filed that resulted in $400 million in compensation for victims. Of those filed charges, they boiled down to approximately 12 types of employment discrimination lawsuits. Employees most often experience discrimination based on:
- Gender & sexual orientation
- National origin
- Race & color
The Racial & Economic Justice lawyers at MLG are trained to help fight against any form of employment discrimination. Our team stands against these bad actors and advocates for those who have been stunted or mistreated in the workplace by discriminatory policies. When you entrust your case with an MLG lawyer you can rest easy knowing you have a trustworthy ally that can fight for you.
You Deserve Equal Treatment in the Workplace
McCune Law wants to speak to you if you are Black, African American, identify as or are perceived as Black (regardless of your national origin), and have experienced racially biased treatment in the Inland Empire Amazon warehouses. California Attorney General Bonta’s most recent California Hate Crimes Report (2022) notes that “hate crimes targeting Black people remain the most prevalent.” Calling this an “epidemic of hate,” Bonta notes that hate crimes in California are higher than they have been in more than 20 years. Workplace bias is an especially toxic form of hate.
While most racial bias historically has involved white supervisors or colleagues, there is a different pattern emerging in the Inland Empire. Per the LA Times: “the two largest racial bias cases brought by the federal government in California in the last decade alleged widespread abuse of hundreds of Black employees at warehouses in the Inland Empire.” Notes the LA Times: “In interviews, Black employees said a torrent of racist insults and discriminatory treatment was mainly inflicted by Latino co-workers and supervisors who composed roughly three-quarters of the workforces at the sprawling facilities in Ontario and Moreno Valley.
Employees in the workplace deserve an environment that is free of any hostility, including discrimination and prejudice. By law, employee(s) may not be subjected to discrimination in any aspect of their work environment including hiring, firing, promotions, training, wages, and benefits. Any discrimination in these areas can create a hostile work environment for an employee. An employee can experience employment discrimination in the form of overt actions or statements, harassment from coworkers or superiors, and even denial of reasonable accommodations.
The Racial and Economic Justice attorneys of McCune Law Group are ready to help you. If you feel your rights have been violated by Amazon’s alleged actions, contact us today by calling (909) 345-8110 or by completing the form.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can employees do if they believe they have experienced employment discrimination at an Amazon warehouse?
If employees believe they have experienced employment discrimination at an Amazon warehouse, they have several options available. They can start by documenting incidents and gathering any evidence supporting their claims. Employees should review Amazon’s internal policies and procedures for reporting discrimination and follow the established channels for filing a complaint. Additionally, they may consider consulting with an employment discrimination attorney from McCune Law Group for guidance and support. It’s important to note that the specific legal remedies and procedures may vary based on the jurisdiction and applicable laws.
What is workplace discrimination?
Workplace discrimination refers to unfair or unequal treatment of employees or job applicants based on certain protected characteristics, such as race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, or genetic information. It can manifest in various forms, including hiring biases, unequal pay, promotion denial, harassment, hostile work environment, and unjust termination. Workplace discrimination is illegal nationwide and is prohibited by laws and regulations aimed at promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment in employment.
What laws protect against employment discrimination?
Several laws prohibit employment discrimination at the federal level, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Equal Pay Act. State and local laws may also provide additional protections. These laws require employers to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and job applicants, and prohibit discriminatory practices such as harassment, retaliation, and adverse employment actions based on protected characteristics.
How Can I Start an Employment Discrimination Case?
The filing process for an employment discrimination lawsuit against Amazon warehouses could be complex, depending on your situation. Please contact our Racial & Economic Justice attorneys today for the most accurate guidance through filing your matter. You can typically expect the following when filing your case with MLG:
- Step 1: Complete our contact form with all your information so we can best prepare for our consultation with you
- Step 2: Schedule your free consultation
- Step 3: Meet with our Employment Discrimination team
- Step 4: Discuss your matter
- Step 5: Plan your next steps toward justice
If you have been victim of discrimination in Amazon warehouses, contact our team of lawyers today by calling (909) 757-1812 or by completing the form.
McCune Law Group Advocates for Positive Change
At McCune Law Group, our Racial & Economic Justice lawyers are advocates for change. Our team of attorneys are no strangers to helping clients faced with any form of discrimination in the workplace. No matter the type of discrimination, you can rest assured knowing that you have a powerful and knowledgeable ally fighting with you. With more than 30 years of experience and over $1 billion recovered for our clients, we have become nationally recognized for protecting consumer rights across the country. Contact our team today for a free evaluation of your potential case.
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