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7 Pregnant Warehouse Workers Sued Amazon for Poor Treatment

The company, however, made efforts in the past one year to highlight the benefits it offers warehouse employees

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The Amazon warehouse in San Fernando de Henares is seen during a 3-day walkout to demand better wages and working conditions, on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. VOA

Amazon faced at least seven lawsuits filed by pregnant warehouse workers who were fired over the last eight years, tech portal CNET reported.

The women who had worked at the retail giants warehouses claimed they were discriminated against because of their pregnancy.

Beverly Rosales, one of the women who filed the lawsuits, said she was fired from her job barely two months after she had informed her manager at Amazon that she was expecting.

Rosales, who filed her suit in January, said her bosses hassled her about how much time she was taking to use the bathroom and how her work pace slowed during her pregnancy, the report claimed.

“Amazon wants to push out as much product as possible,” Rosales was quoted as saying.

“They need as many people that don’t need accommodations to work there. They care more about the numbers than their employees.”

Amazon denied that it monitors the length of bathroom breaks.

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Security guards stand at the reception desk of the Amazon India office in Bengaluru, India, Aug. 14, 2015. VOA

“It is absolutely not true that Amazon would fire any employee for being pregnant; we are an equal opportunity employer,” an Amazon spokeswoman was quoted as saying in a statement.

“We work with our employees to accommodate their medical needs including pregnancy-related needs. We also support new parents by offering various maternity and parental leave benefits.”

Six of the cases were settled out of court.

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The Seattle-based retail giant which employs over 600,000 people faced criticism for poor treatment of employees earlier too.

The company, however, made efforts in the past one year to highlight the benefits it offers warehouse employees.

In November last year, it raised its starting pay to $15 an hour and said it would start advocating for a higher federal minimum wage in the US, which is $7.25, the report said. (IANS)

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Amazon Looks Forward To Expand its Prescription Drug Delivery Business

The retail giant had purchased online pharmacy PillPack in 2018, a year after reports came out that it was looking to enter the healthcare industry

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Amazon reportedly filed its applications on January 9, in what could've been one of the earliest steps it took to start a pharmacy business and medicine delivery in countries other than the US. VOA

Amazon is looking to expanding its prescription drug delivery business likely to be called Amazon Pharmacy, to countries like the UK, Canada and Australia.

The e-commerce titan has applied for a trademark on the name “Amazon Pharmacy” in Canada, the UK and Australia, according to CNBC.

Amazon reportedly filed its applications on January 9, in what could’ve been one of the earliest steps it took to start medicine delivery in countries other than the US, Engadget reported on Wednesday.

The retail giant had purchased online pharmacy PillPack in 2018, a year after reports came out that it was looking to enter the healthcare industry.

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Amazon is looking to expanding its prescription drug delivery business likely to be called Amazon Pharmacy, to countries like the UK, Canada and Australia. Pixabay

PillPack is a medicine delivery service catering to customers who need to take multiple daily medications.

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A few months after the acquisition was announced, the tech giant changed PillPack’s branding to “PillPack by Amazon Pharmacy”, the Engadget report added. (IANS)