Amazon, the leading online retail giant, has unlawfully fired two of its most prominent employees who advocated for better working conditions of employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) has found.
In 2020, Amazon discontinued the employment of Maren Costa and Emily Cunningham after they protested in public the firm’s environmental as well as labor policies.
As per their charge filed in October, both the employees accused the firm of enforcing workplace policies in an unbiased fashion, having very unclear rules that chill and confine employees from exercising rights.
The two employees had gained importance for pushing Amazon to do much more on the climate change and thus became some of the firm’s most honest internal critics. A while back they were terminated from employment after passing on a petition regarding Amazon’s COVID-19 safety rules and worked to collect money for warehouse workers at risk of contracting coronavirus infection.
According to reliable reports, the decision comes in as the online retail giant faced a high number of complaints filed to the NLRB last year.
NLRB stated that the record number of filings accusing the retail giant of interfering with the rights of workers to organize increased three times during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In the meantime, Amazon is awaiting the result of its Bessemer, Alabama, employees’ vote on whether to make their warehouse the firm’s first ever unionized facility across the country.
Amazon stated that the firm fired these employees not for protesting publicly regarding working conditions, sustainability, or safety, but instead, for continually violating the company’s internal policies.
Amazon further added that the firm supports every staff’s right to criticize their employer’s working conditions, however that does not come with total immunity against the internal policies of the firm, which are all lawful.