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New York State is suing Amazon and accusing it of discriminating against pregnant and disabled workers

An employee handles packages in an Amazon warehouse. THOMAS SAMSON / AFP via Getty Images

  • The New York State Department of Human Rights filed a discrimination case against Amazon on Wednesday.
  • It says Amazon failed to make accommodations for pregnant and disabled workers.
  • In one case, a pregnant worker claimed she had suffered an injury after being forced to carry heavy boxes.
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New York State on Wednesday sued Amazon, accusing the e-retail giant of discriminating against pregnant and disabled workers.

Governor Kathy Hochul said in a announcement that the New York State Division of Human Rights brought the case.

The statement said the case claimed that Amazon’s policies forced pregnant and disabled workers to take unpaid leave by denying them reasonable accommodation. It claimed that Amazon allowed on-site executives to override recommendations made by designated “Accommodations Consultants”.

The lawsuit cited specific cases in which it believed Amazon was violating workers’ rights, according to the governor’s statement.

This includes a pregnant Amazon worker who, according to the lawsuit, asked to be exempted from lifting boxes that weighed about 25 pounds, but which were overridden by her manager and subsequently sustained an injury.

In another case, the lawsuit claimed that a worker with a disability provided evidence that they should adhere to a particular sleep plan, but that their Amazon boss refused to change their guards to accommodate it.

In a third case, a disabled worker was reportedly denied a request to reduce their hours.

Insider was unable to find a copy of the lawsuit.

This is not the first time Amazon has been accused of denying pregnant workers accommodation. Vice reported in July 2021 that a pregnant warehouse worker had requested lighter tasks, but she said her request was denied. The worker also told Vice that her manager repeatedly asked her why she was taking longer bathroom breaks.

According to a letter reviewed by Vice. The worker had an abortion and was denied medical leave by Amazon.

In 2019, CNET reported that Amazon had faced seven lawsuits about wrongful termination during the previous four years from workers who said they had been fired due to being pregnant.

Amazon did not respond immediately when Insider was contacted for comments outside normal business hours.

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New York State is suing Amazon and accusing it of discriminating against pregnant and disabled workers

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