Amazon Joliet warehouse workers file complaints alleging unsafe, hostile working environment after racist death threats

Amazon Joliet warehouse workers file complaints alleging unsafe, hostile working environment after racist death threats

JOLIET, In poor health. (TOC) — Some Amazon workers are making allegations in opposition to the corporate, together with unsafe and hostile working environments at a suburban Joliet warehouse.

Tori Davis stated she was fired from her job as a coach after she accused her employer, Amazon, of forcing African American workers to work in an unsafe and racially hostile atmosphere following the invention of racist loss of life threats in opposition to Black staff on the firm’s Joliet warehouse.

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“They had been making an attempt to brush it below the rug,” Davis stated. “The best way that this case was dealt with, it was unusual.”

Handwritten threats had been discovered scrawled on two toilet stall doorways inside a girls’s toilet on the e-seller’s southwest suburban success middle on Could 25. Eyewitness Information has blurred the photographs due to their offensive nature.

Now, Davis and a few of her co-workers are taking motion. By way of their lawyer, greater than two dozen staff have filed a grievance with the Equal Employment Alternative Fee (EEOC) and the Illinois Division of Human Rights.

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To this point, 26 complaints have been filed alleging that not solely did Amazon refuse to pay Black staff who had been too afraid to remain on the job following the incident, and in addition that the corporate allowed at the very least two male staff to put on Accomplice flag outfits to work quite a few occasions.

“That is about defending staff in America who should not must go to work in worry,” stated Tamara Holder, an lawyer for the employees.

In an emailed assertion, Amazon spokesperson Richard Rocha stated: “Amazon works arduous to guard our workers from any type of discrimination and to supply an atmosphere the place workers really feel secure. Hate or racism haven’t any place in our society and are actually not tolerated by Amazon.”

In 2021, Amazon confronted a number of discrimination lawsuits. Final week, federal regulators inspected Amazon warehouses within the Chicago space and elsewhere after getting tips on hazardous work circumstances.

Patrick French stated within the 21 months he is labored for Amazon, he is stays involved about his security and that of his girlfriend and uncle who additionally work there.

“I wished to verify I’d have the ability to have her in my sight simply in case somebody had been to come back contained in the constructing,” French stated.

The employees should now anticipate Amazon to reply to the allegations. They stated they hope to resolve the problems however are ready to file a lawsuit in the event that they must.

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