Remember when Amazon decided to give away a giant chunk of the jobs they were offering, not to Americans, but to Muslims? Well, as expected, their plan has backfired, now that they are getting sued by the contracting group that provides security for Amazon warehouses. The contracting group claims Amazon is not just discriminating against their muslim employees, but retaliating against them if they speak out.
CEO Jeff Bezos had come under fire before for his snowflake attitude, vowing to fight Trump’s travel ban in court. Now, he is going to have to see a day in court for demanding that his muslim employees do their jobs.
Devout muslims must pray five times a day, making it difficult for them to work at any American jobs, where you typically don’t get to take breaks like that. Not only that, but they require a room in which to pray. Amazon has already provided their muslim employees with prayer rooms.
However, even though they get prayer rooms, the muslim employees are alleging discrimination because sometimes, other non-muslim employees use those rooms. As well as the general fallout from the team when other employees have to work to pick up the slack when certain employees need to take an hour’s worth of breaks in one day.
ThinkProgress.org has more:
But Muslims employed by the e-commerce giant’s security contractor, Security Industry Specialists (SIS), say use of prayer rooms was not fully extended to lower-paid officers who patrol Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, Washington — even though Muslims represent a sizable portion of the roughly 800 security personnel.
More broadly, they claim that SIS — and Amazon — both have a history of mistreating or failing to accommodate those who claim Islam as their faith.
Earlier this year, workers began claiming that SIS employees cannot access prayer rooms throughout the work day, even though devout Muslims typically pray five times a day as part of their faith.
SIS president and CFO Tom Seltz refuted this allegation in an email to ThinkProgress, insisting that staff have always been allowed to use Amazon rooms for daily prayers.
“Our employees assigned to Amazon have always been permitted to access space (when available) to pray on breaks, even before dedicated prayer rooms were formally introduced,” he said. “Before prayer rooms were introduced, employees generally used a vacant conference room or quiet room, when available. This has been the case for the past four years (since we’ve been at Amazon), and the recent addition of dedicated prayer rooms has just made access even easier. We count ourselves as fortunate that Amazon extends this accommodation to our employees.”