USA: Amazon faces 7 lawsuits from pregnant women about alleged discrimination

Author: Timothy B. Lee, Arts Technica (USA), Published on: 7 May 2019

"Amazon discriminates against pregnant women, seven lawsuits have said", 6 May 2019

Over the last eight years, Amazon has faced at least seven lawsuits from pregnant women who worked at Amazon warehouses and say they were fired after the company refused to accommodate their needs during pregnancy...

A big concern for pregnant workers is limits on bathroom breaks. Amazon's software tracks everything that happens inside the factory and strictly limits how much "time off task" an employee can take during the day. If a worker hasn't packed a box or performed another task in five minutes, software sends a supervisor over to investigate...

Rosales says...managers complained about her bathroom breaks and reduced productivity—and ultimately fired her less than two months after she told them about her pregnancy.

"Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to offering an inclusive working environment which accommodates employees of all backgrounds and abilities," an Amazon spokesperson wrote by email. "We are committed to continual improvement and regularly review our processes to ensure full support of employees seeking accommodations, pregnant or otherwise."...

CNET notes that Walmart, one of Amazon's biggest competitors, is facing a lawsuit from Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for discriminating against pregnant women in a Wisconsin distribution center...

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