Amazon VP says he quit over company 'firing whistleblowers'

Marco Green
May 5, 2020

Amazon in recent weeks has fired numerous employees who spoke out and protested against the company for allegedly not taking adequate precautions to protect warehouse workers during the coronavirus crisis, although Amazon has said "we respect the rights of employees to protest" and cited other reasons for the firings.

In a blog post, Mr Bray said he was resigning because of retaliation against employees who pushed the company to improve its environmental practices, and who supported warehouse employees unhappy with their working conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among those fired was a NY warehouse worker who led a strike last month, pushing Amazon for more protections for workers against the new coronavirus.

In the case of Cunningham and Costa, Amazon said in a statement at the time that it "terminated these employees for repeatedly violating internal policies". At the time, Amazon said the worker was sacked for not obeying social-distancing rules.

"I can't go to a funeral or a wedding, and yet Amazon is putting people at risk by selling non-essential items like Ping-Pong balls and rubber chickens, and that doesn't make any sense", she said. Mohamed was sacked in April as "a result of progressive disciplinary action for inappropriate language, behavior, and violating social distancing guidelines", the company has said.

For Bray's part, he wrote that quitting cost him more than $1 million in "big-tech salaries and share vestings", but notes that he does not regret it.

"Remaining an Amazon VP would have meant, in effect, signing off on actions I despised", Bray wrote.

Bray was one of thousands of employees who signed onto an open letter in April 2019 pushing for a shareholders' resolution and climate action.

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