Former Amazon worker alleges pregnancy discrimination

To follow up on our previous recent post about the ongoing problem with pregnancy discrimination, a woman who worked for Amazon in one of its California fulfillment centers has sued the company. She alleges pregnancy discrimination and wrongful termination.

According to reports, the woman informed her supervisor at Amazon about her pregnancy in the fall of 2018. She worked for the company in the fulfillment center's warehouse by gathering items that would eventually be delivered to customers.

The job demanded a fairly consistent pace, so the woman was concerned about even mentioning that her pregnancy would require her to take more breaks to use the bathroom.

A couple of months later, shortly after the Christmas shopping season kicked off, Amazon fired the woman. The woman said she had indeed been hassled for having to take a lot of breaks to go to the bathroom over the previous weeks.

The woman is not alone In her accusations. As Amazon tries to polish its image as a progressive employer that cares about its workers, at least 6 other women have come forward against the company alleging pregnancy discrimination. Other former Amazon employees have also claimed discrimination based on other factors.

One common theme in these accusations is that Amazon warehouse employees perform jobs in which it is notoriously difficult to find time to use the bathroom.

Many employees resort to scheduling bathroom breaks and then just holding it until they can use the bathroom without having to worry that their jobs are on the line. Of course, this is not an option for employees who are pregnant, have medical conditions and the like.

Employers have some leeway to specify when employees can take breaks, but they may not discriminate by forcing pregnant workers effectively to choose between their jobs and motherhood. If employers break the laws prohibiting pregnancy discrimination, victims may be eligible for compensation.

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