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Amazon settles with employees allegedly fired for criticizing working conditions

Amazon sued by warehouse workers over COVID-19 screening pay
Amazon sued by warehouse workers over COVID-19 screening pay   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  
By Reuters

<div> <p> Inc and the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (<span class="caps">NLRB</span>) said on Wednesday the company had reached a settlement with two former employees who alleged they were fired last year for criticizing the working conditions at the e-commerce giant’s warehouses.</p> <p>Amazon had terminated the employment of Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, who had accused the company of enforcing policies in a discriminatory fashion and instituting rules that “chill and restrain” the staff from exercising rights, according to their charge filed in October.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">NLRB</span> found in April that Amazon illegally fired them after they advocated for better working conditions during the pandemic.</p> <p>“Amazon will be required to pay us our lost wages and post a notice to all of its tech and warehouse workers nationwide that Amazon can’t fire workers for organizing and exercising their rights,” Cunningham and Costa said in a joint statement on Wednesday.</p> <p>The U.S. agency said the company had reached a non-board settlement, a private agreement between parties in which terms were not disclosed, with the former employees. </p> <p>The <span class="caps">NLRB</span> regional director, however, is required to review and approve the settlement agreement before allowing the charges to be withdrawn.</p> <p>“We have reached a mutual agreement that resolves the legal issues in this case and welcome the resolution of this matter,” an Amazon spokesperson said in an emailed statement.</p> <p><span class="caps">CNBC</span> first reported about the settlement. </p> <p>Cunningham and Costa gained prominence for pushing the e-commerce giant to do more on climate change, questioned Amazon’s pandemic safety protocols and worked to raise money for warehouse staff at risk of contracting <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19. </p> </div>