Black, Latino workers accuse Amazon of discrimination in Massachussetts
Black and Latino delivery drivers have filed a class-action complaint against Amazon in Massachussetts, alleging discriminatory background checks led to their firing last year.
Lawyers for the local drivers filed the complaint Tuesday with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the state agency responsible for civil rights enforcement, the Boston Business Journal reported.
In October, dozens of drivers were fired from a Sharon-based delivery contractor that provides drivers for Amazon. The company, Miller's Express, reportedly terminated the drivers at Amazon's behest after changing its background-check policy.
Amazon reached out to delivery-services providers in August about a change in its background-check policy, according to an email provided to the Business Journal. It mandated that drivers be screened by a certain background-check provider. Any drivers who failed the background check would have their account “deactivated,” the email said.
As reported in the Boston Business Journal.