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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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Now Enjoy New Multilingual Mode on Amazon Alexa

In Hindi, a user could enjoy asking Alexa for diverse content such as jokes, shayari, games, Kabir ke dohe, Panchatantra stories, Bollywood dialogues, more than 500 Alexa skills and even spellings of words

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Amazon on Wednesday announced that now its customers will be able to switch between English and Hindi when talking to Alexa without changing the language setting from Hindi to English and the other way around every time.

This multilingual mode could be useful in Indian households where users speak both Hindi and English interchangeably. It would be available from October 9 , the company said in a statement.

For example, if a customer asks about the festival of Diwali in Hindi, Alexa will reply in Hindi, e.g. “Alexa, Diwali ke liye kitne din bache hai?” and when they ask for information in English, Alexa will understand and respond in English e.g. “Alexa, why is Diwali celebrated”.

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One could ask Alexa to answer questions, play music, read the news, set timers and alarms, check the calendar, provide sports scores, control lights at home, use over 30,000 English skills and much more.

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In Hindi, a user could enjoy asking Alexa for diverse content such as jokes, shayari, games, Kabir ke dohe, Panchatantra stories, Bollywood dialogues, more than 500 Alexa skills and even spellings of words. (IANS)