Discrimination in Amazon Warehouses

Discrimination in Amazon Warehouses | Civil Rights Attorneys

Employees, past and present, are alleging workplace discrimination, racism, and hostile work environment in a new lawsuit. 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 Amazon discrimination at Amazon warehouses is not isolated, however. Many reports of discrimination within Amazon warehouses are beginning to surface.   

Employees at Amazon Warehouses Filed Complaint Due to Alleged Discrimination 

The employees that have 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. 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.  

How to Spot Discrimination in the Workplace 

When you are working for an employer, you have the right to a workplace free of discrimination. While some forms of discrimination are obvious, others can be harder to identify. There is no guaranteed way to spot covert discrimination, but there are signs you can note to help identify employment discrimination in all its forms. Some signs to look out for include: 

  • Inappropriate questions during an interview 
  • Unequal pay 
  • Unfair treatment 
  • Belittling 
  • Demeaning communications 

Employment discrimination can impact anyone in the workforce and can have long-term repercussions. Despite federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination, many employers will continue to discriminate against their employees as long as they don’t get caught. That’s why it’s more important than ever to report employment discrimination and hold these bad actors accountable. 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What is employment discrimination? 

Employment discrimination refers to any unfair treatment of employees or job applicants based on their protected characteristics such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Discrimination can occur in various areas of employment such as hiring, firing, promotion, pay, benefits, training, or job assignments. 

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. 

If you believe you have experienced employment discrimination, you may file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or a state agency that enforces anti-discrimination laws. You may also consult with an attorney who specializes in employment discrimination cases to explore your legal options. Additionally, you may want to document any discriminatory incidents, seek support from coworkers or employee groups, and report the discrimination to your employer’s human resources department or supervisor. 

How Can I Start an Employment Discrimination Case? 

The filing process for an employment discrimination case could be complex, depending on your situation. Please contact our Racial & Economic Justice team of 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 your case  
  • Step 2: Schedule your free consultation 
  • Step 3: Meet with our Racial & Economic Justice team 
  • Step 4: Discuss your matter 
  • Step 5: Plan your next steps toward recovery

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 and civil rights across the country. Contact our team today for a free evaluation of your potential case.  

If you have been victim of discrimination in an Amazon warhouse, contact McCune Law Group by completing the form or calling (909) 345-8110 today for a free consultation!      

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