AMAZON UNDER FIRE
Amazon illegally retaliated against two of its workers when it fired them after they publicly criticized the company’s climate policies and supported workers protesting warehouse conditions, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found.
The NLRB found the allegations in the case had merit, and a regional director will issue a complaint if the case does not settle, according to the board.
The board’s determination about the firing of Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa was first reported by The New York Times.
A spokesperson for Amazon denied the allegations that the employees were fired for speaking out.
“We support every employee’s right to criticize their employer’s working conditions, but that does not come with blanket immunity against our internal policies, all of which are lawful,” the Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. “We terminated these employees not for talking publicly about working conditions, safety or sustainability but, rather, for repeatedly violating internal policies.
The case is one of many allegations of unfair labor practices Amazon is facing, and the NLRB is in the process of counting up ballots in the unionization vote at Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Ala. If successful, the effort would create the first Amazon union in the U.S.