Amazon sued for race, gender bias in corporate hires

Amazon sued for race, gender bias in corporate hires
Jeff Bezos in an interview with David Rubenstein (The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-peer conversations), Sep 2018. Bloomberg video, YouTube

[Ed. – The man who owns the purer-than-the-driven-snow Washington Post countenances racism and genderism?] Inc. was sued for allegedly discriminating against Black and female workers in hiring employees for its corporate offices.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Washington, alleges that Amazon hires people of color “at lower levels” and promotes them less than White co-workers with similar qualifications. The claims include discrimination and harassment as well as violations of the Equal Pay Act.

“These practices have an especially severe effect on Black women at the company,” according to a statement from Wigdor LLP, the law firm that filed the suit on behalf of Charlotte Newman. Newman is head of underrepresented founder startup business development at Amazon Web Services.

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Amazon works to foster a diverse and inclusive culture, the company said in a statement.

“We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind and thoroughly investigate all claims and take appropriate action,” Amazon said.

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