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USA: Amazon workers protest after employee allegedly fired for exceeding bereavement leave by one hour, to care for dying relative

"Sacramento Amazon Workers are Protesting After Woman Was Allegedly Fired for Spending Extra Hour With Dying Mother-In-Law", 1 October 2019

Amazon workers at the company's Sacramento, California delivery location united to present a petition to their supervisor...to protest the company's off-time policy..

...The workers were inspired by a former colleague...who says she was fired after a bedside vigil for her mother-in-law, even though she kept in communication with her supervisor at Amazon. When her mother-in-law passed away and Sandra returned to work to request bereavement leave, she was informed by her boss that she had overdrawn her off-time balance by one hour before her bereavement leave set in...

...In response...co-workers...organized the Amazonians United Sacramento, and...unified to present a petition to Amazon Human Resources and the site manager demanding workers be given paid time off and Sandra be rehired...

...Amazon told The Verge that "the company takes into account individual circumstances should employees require additional time off," and that firings are not automatic...The company continued that, in addition to being allowed 20 hours of unpaid time off per quarter, part-time workers get three days of paid bereavement leave and accrued sick leave in accordance with local laws.