The New York Times revealed the existence of problems related to the low wages of some workers of the American company “Amazon”, whose CEO was the billionaire, Jeff Bezos, as a worker named Tara Jones, a mother working in an Amazon warehouse in Oklahoma, sent an e-mail message. To Jeff Bezos last year while on vacation, she told him she was getting paid less than $90 out of the $540 she was supposed to be making a month.
Jones also informed Jeff Bezos that she had given birth to a new baby, in reference to her need for money, explaining in her message that she was “late in paying the bills, because the payment team miscalculated the accounts.”“She said, “I am crying as I write this email to you“.
The New York Times reported that the email prompted her to conduct interviews with Amazon employees, and also reviewed internal documents that showed the company later discovered that it paid some employees who were on vacation less than their original wages, including related to medical reasons and disability..
The problems have lasted for at least a year and a half, and are likely to affect workers inside 179 Amazon warehouses“.
The newspaper also reported that an email sent to Jeff Bezos from an Amazon worker who was on leave launched an internal investigation that exposed flaws in the company’s payroll system. .
One of those people, a warehouse worker from Tennessee named James Watts, told the newspaper The Times His disability payments were suspended for several months in the spring, his car was restored, and he and his wife sold their wedding rings.
An Amazon spokesperson told The Times that the company is still in the process of identifying low-wage workers.
As current and former HR employees told the newspaper The Times Workers with medical problems are automatically fired by Amazon’s attendance program after they mistakenly thought their vacation was an absence..
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