Employees at an Amazon warehouse in Joliet, Illinois, have complained to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about corporate mistreatment, racial discrimination, and retribution.
According to the complaint submitted on Tuesday, a group of Black employees at the MDW2 Fulfilment Centre claimed that since late 2021, a racially hostile work environment has been exacerbated by racist death threats written in bathroom stalls, Confederate symbols on co-workers’ clothing, and a lack of security and accountability.
Institutional abuse and women’s rights lawyer Tamara Holder said her clients are increasingly asking for financial compensation for mental distress brought on by demanding working circumstances in addition to changes in the workplace to properly address and resolve these concerns.
“Right now, we don’t know how much that sum equals. But I can tell you that after working in a racially unfriendly environment, individuals are going through a lot of emotional pain “She spoke with ABC News. “Our message to Amazon is that their actions following our cases being public simply increase our damages since consumers are getting more fearful instead of less,”
Holder expressed concern for the case’s future and the lives of her clients as more attention was given to the situation and that employees were reluctant to voice their concerns further for fear of additional reprisal from the MDW2 Fulfilment Centre management.
According to claims made by Holder, who spoke to ABC News, “They are supposedly warning their staff that if they speak up, they would be fired because they signed an agreement to be silent.”
Davis said that “they were attempting to sweep things under the rug.” “It was weird how this scenario was handled.”
Holder promised to do every effort to see the complaint through and make sure the opinions of her clients are taken into consideration.