Amazon today made it known it will be terminating the contract of two of it’s employees who criticized the working conditions at the company’s ware houses amid the Coronavirus pandemic after they “repeatedly violated internal policies”.
The employees whose names are Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa worked as user experience designers in Seattle came in to the company about two ago right after the company had fired an employee, Christian Smalls who had raised health awareness concerns for employees who are risking their lives during the pandemic.
With that said, Amazon on its own had been facing lots of public criticism over its handling of the Pandemic as well as safety and working conditions of warehouse, delivery and retail gig workers in the US after numerous cases of COVID-19 were reported in some of its facilities while employees of the company had also protested in other countries.
Amazon said it supported “every employee’s right to criticize their employer’s working conditions, but that does not come with blanket immunity against any and all internal policies.”
Meanwhile Amazon on the other hand is working hard to ensure the safety of its employees while keeping the warehouses functional and shipping goods to customers who order them.
Last month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered the city’s Human Rights Commission to open an investigation to look into Christian Smalls’ allegations as well as five other Democratic lawmakers who also wrote a letter to the company last week questioning the decision of letting Smalls go.
The Washington Post, which first reported here the story, identified the two employees as members of Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, an employee climate group that has been vocal in raising concerns over protecting warehouse staff.