Employees at an Amazon warehouse in Illinois claim the work environment is anti-racist

Employees at the Juliet, Illinois, Amazon warehouse filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the company, alleging abuse of the company, racial discrimination and retaliation.

According to the complaint filed Tuesday, a group of black employees of the MDW2 Fulfillment Center said Confederate images on co-workers’ clothes, racist death threats written in bathroom stalls, and a lack of security and accountability have contributed to creating a racially hostile work environment ever since. Late 2021. Tamara Holder, an attorney for institutional abuse and women’s rights, said her clients are now seeking not only workplace change to address and appropriately resolve these issues, but also financial compensation for the emotional duress caused by stressful working conditions.

“We don’t know what that amount is at this point. But I can tell you that after working in a climate where it’s racially hostile, people experience extreme emotional distress,” she told ABC News. “Our message to Amazon is that their behavior after our issues surface only increases our damage because people are becoming more fearful, not less.”

Amazon worker Tori Davis listens during a press conference outside Amazon Go in Chicago. 27 July 2022.

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As interest in the case grows, Holder said employees are reluctant to speak out publicly about these allegations for fear of further retaliation from the management of the MDW2 fulfillment center, causing concern about the future of the case and the livelihoods of its clients.

“They are allegedly telling their employees that if they speak out, they will be fired because they signed an agreement to remain silent,” Holder told ABC News.

Holder says Tori Davis, a former MDW2 employee, was the first to contact her about the warehouse’s work environment. Davis, who was fired earlier this month after sounding the alarm about her concerns, told ABC affiliate WLS that Amazon rejected the death threats.

“They were trying to sweep her under the rug,” Davis said. The way this situation was handled was strange.”

Photo: An Amazon delivery station and Amazon Fulfillment Center stand in Burbank, California, June 24, 2022.

An Amazon Delivery Station and an Amazon Fulfillment Center are located in Burbank, California, June 24, 2022.

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Amazon spokesperson Richard Rocha released a statement to ABC News.

“Amazon works hard to protect our employees from any form of discrimination and to provide an environment in which employees feel safe. Hate or racism has no place in our community and Amazon certainly does not tolerate it,” the statement read.

The MDW2 fulfillment center did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Holder said she plans to do everything in her power to follow up on the complaint and make sure her clients’ voices are heard.

“I think they have a chance here to improve the situation,” she said. “Instead they are taking a very different aggressive stance to make it worse.” “It’s not too big for me and it’s not too big for the people I represent… We’re not going away.”

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