30 September (WNN) — Online retailer Amazon has settled a lengthy labor dispute with two former employees who were illegally fired for speaking out against the company’s coronavirus response and environmental policies.
Former employees, Emily Cunningham and Maran Costa, were user experience designers at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters before being terminated in April 2020. Amazon said he was fired for “repeatedly” violating internal policies.
Cunningham and Costa argued they were fired for whistling over the company’s climate policies and failing to provide a safe work environment amid the COVID-19 crisis. The National Labor Relations Board ruled earlier this year that he was illegally fired.
The settlement on Wednesday follows the NLRB hearing this week, in which the board presented evidence against Amazon in the case.
As part of the deal, Amazon will have to pay back wages to Cunningham and Costa and inform its technical and warehouse workers that it cannot fire workers the way it did with the former workers in the complaint.
Cunningham and Costa said in a joint statement, “This is a victory for protecting workers’ rights, and it shows that we were right to stand up for each other, for justice, and for our world.” ”
“Amazon will require us to pay our lost wages and to post notices to all of our technical and warehouse workers nationwide that Amazon cannot fire workers to settle and exercise their rights.”
“It hasn’t even dawned on us that we are the two women who were targeted for firing,” he said. “Inequality, racism and sexism are at the heart of both the climate crisis and the pandemic.”
The board could force Amazon to re-hire Cunningham and Costa.
“[Amazon] reached a mutual agreement that resolves the legal issues in the matter and welcomes[s] The matter is resolved,” Amazon spokesman Jose Negrete told The Washington Post.