A fired Amazon worker has filed a class-action lawsuit against the tech giant, alleging thousands of minority line workers were put at risk and faced unequal protections from COVID-19 compared to white managers.
The lawsuit accusing the company of racial bias was filed on Thursday by Christian Smalls, who is black, in US district court in the Eastern District of New York on behalf of a slew of black and Hispanic workers at the company’s Staten Island facility and across the country.
The lawsuit is the latest attack against Amazon, which saw business boom in the pandemic and owner Jeff Bezos only grow richer, even as workers felt at risk.
In October Amazon confirmed that nearly 20,000 of its US workers had tested positive or were presumed positive for COVID-19.
In the complaint Smalls, who started working for Amazon in 2015, says that he confronted his supervisors after a friend at the facility tested positive …