Lawsuit accuses Amazon of ‘systemic’ racism in corporate offices – Latest News

A supervisor at Amazon.com Inc sued the net retailer for discrimination, saying it hires Black individuals for decrease positions and promotes them extra slowly than white staff, and that she was subjected to harassment.

The lawsuit from Charlotte Newman, a enterprise growth head at Amazon Internet Companies who’s Black, stated the corporate suffers from a “systemic sample of insurmountable discrimination,” regardless of its pledge to struggle racism and statements of solidarity from Chief Govt Officer Jeff Bezos.

Seattle-based Amazon had no quick remark. The criticism was filed in Washington, D.C., federal courtroom.

Newman, a Harvard Enterprise Faculty graduate and former adviser to U.S. Senator Cory Booker, stated Amazon delayed by 2-1/2 years her rise to senior supervisor by hiring her in 2017 for a extra junior function for which she was overqualified, a “de-leveling” that reduces awards of firm inventory.

She additionally accused a male supervisor of utilizing racial tropes by calling her “aggressive,” “too direct” and “simply scary,” and one other male co-worker of sexually harassing her and as soon as pulling on her braids whereas saying, “You possibly can depart this behind.”

Each males had been additionally named as defendants, and based on the lawsuit the co-worker was terminated. His lawyer couldn’t instantly be recognized.

Newman is searching for compensatory and punitive damages. She is represented by Douglas Wigdor, who additionally represented ladies suing the previous film producer Harvey Weinstein and Fox Information over alleged harassment or discrimination.

Amazon has labored to indicate assist for the Black Lives Matter motion. In September its cloud computing chief Andy Jassy, who will succeed Bezos as Amazon CEO, gave the keynote tackle at a Black Worker Community entrepreneurship convention.

The information web site Recode final week reported allegations of racial disparities in Amazon promotions and efficiency opinions.

Amazon additionally faces lawsuits claiming it mistreated staff in its dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic at its amenities.