Democratic senators request probe into Amazon‘s treatment of pregnant employees
Democratic senators on Friday sent a letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) requesting an investigation into Amazon‘s treatment of its pregnant workers.
The letter – written by Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandThe FBI comes up empty-handed in its search for a Jan. 6 plot Hochul touts readiness, distance from Cuomo With Cuomo’s resignation, Democrats can refocus on 2022 messaging MORE (D-N.Y.) and signed by Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOpposition to California recall widens in new poll Scott Brown’s wife files to run for Congress Schiff calls on Amazon, Facebook to address spread of vaccine misinformation MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money — The Democratic divide on taxes The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Biden airs frustration over unvaccinated Americans Wyden releases new tax proposals as Democrats work on .5T bill MORE (I-Vt.), Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyAbortion rights groups want Biden to use bully pulpit after Texas law Overnight Health Care: Democrats plot response to Texas abortion law House to vote on bill guaranteeing abortion access in response to Texas law MORE (D-Pa.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.) and Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownWyden releases new tax proposals as Democrats work on .5T bill Senate, House Democrats split over taxes in .5T package DOJ giving more than 0,000 to help survivors of Dayton shooting MORE (D-Ohio) – urges the agency to probe “substantial and credible allegations that Amazon systematically denies reasonable accommodations
for pregnant employees at its fulfillment centers.”
The senators pointed to recent lawsuits in which Amazon workers have accused the company of mistreating them during their pregnancies.
“Between 2015 and 2019, former Amazon employees filed at least seven lawsuits alleging that Amazon wrongfully terminated them during their pregnancies and failed to accommodate rudimentary requests such as more frequent bathroom breaks and fewer continuous hours on their feet,” the letter stated.
The e-retailer is reportedly the United States’s second-largest private employer, with more than 950,000 workers, many of whom are warehouse staff. Advocates for workers’ rights and critics of Amazon have become increasingly vocal about the company’s treatment of its employees, recently accusing the retailer of forcing workers to forego bathroom breaks and urinate in bottles.
“I ask that you take all appropriate steps to investigate and address Amazon’s systemic failure to provide adequate accommodations, including modification of job duties and time off for pregnancy-related medical needs, under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Americans with Disabilities Act in the interest of the health and safety of pregnant workers,” the Friday letter asked of the EEOC.
Amazon CEO Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosCalifornia legislature approves regulations for Amazon warehouses Russia’s space chief jealous of Musk and Bezos: ‘Our millionaires prefer to invest more in yachts’ How will Biden‘s Afghanistan debacle impact NASA’s Artemis return to the moon? MORE in an April letter to shareholders pledged nearly $300 million to ensure workplace safety and argued that the company’s performance goals are not unreasonable.
“If you read some of the news reports, you might think we have no care for employees. In those reports, our employees are sometimes accused of being desperate souls and treated as robots. That’s not accurate,” he said at the time. “We don’t set unreasonable performance goals. We set achievable performance goals that take into account tenure and actual employee performance data.”