The lawsuit against Amazon for alleged race and gender bias
Amazon.com Inc. received a federal lawsuit for allegedly discriminating against workers, specifically to black women, when hiring employees for their corporate offices.
The lawsuit, filed in Washington, alleges that Amazon hires people of color “at lower levels” and promote less than white employees with similar qualifications, according to a statement from Wigdor LLP, the law firm behind the lawsuit.
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The complaints include discrimination and harassment, as well as violations of the Equal Pay Act. “These practices have especially serious effects on black women in the company. “says the statement.
Amazon did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment on the lawsuit.
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The lack of racial and gender diversity in Amazon’s corporate ranks is common throughout the tech industry. Most of the diversity of Amazon’s workforce is found in its warehouses, where products are packaged and shipped to customers.
The lawsuit was filed by Charlotte Newman, a black woman who was hired four years ago as a public policy manager. Newman claims that she applied for a higher-level job that she was better qualified for.
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“Within a few months of starting at the company, she was assigned tasks from a senior managerial employee while still being paid and holding the title of manager.“, according to the demand.
“To make matters worse, and in defiance of US anti-discrimination laws, Ms. Newman was paid significantly less than her white co-workers, particularly in valuable company stock.”
Newman alleges that many of his colleagues they have observed a “consistent practice of paying black employees less than white employees in similar situations.”
They also witnessed “an almost total lack of black representation and very few women at the top levels of the group’s leadership,” according to the lawsuit.
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Newman, whose current title is head of business development for a startup founded at Amazon Web Services, previously held the position of head of public policy for financial services for the Americas region.
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