Amazon, whose founder and CEO is liberal Jeff Bezos, has been sued by a transgender woman and her husband. The two claim they endured repeated discrimination and harassment while working at one of the company’s warehouses in Hebron, Kentucky.
According to observer.com:
Allegra Schawe-Lane and Dane Lane filed the lawsuit [yesterday] in U.S. District Court in Covington, Kentucky. They allege they were targeted with threats, slurs and sexual harassment by co-workers at a shipping facility in Hebron, Kentucky.
According to the complaint, Schawe-Lane was referred to by male pronouns, and she was also called “it,” “man,” “sir,” “he/she,” “chick with a dick” and “shemale,” among other insults. Coworkers brought her pornography and sex toys, and asked her questions about her genitalia. And at one point, the brake line of the couple’s car was severed while parked in the warehouse lot.
“The trauma we withstood still impacts us negatively today, creating serious health problems and leaving us with no money to pay for the doctors we desperately need. We are filing this lawsuit to ensure that no other transgender person or their spouse ever face such job discrimination at Amazon in the future,” [said] Allegra.
“My wife Allegra and I could never have imagined the pain and heartache we would experience at Amazon. The abuse inflicted on us was unimaginable and we are still suffering from the detrimental effects,” said Dane Lane. “We both have a host of physical and mental difficulties including serious anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder. We continue to pay a huge price for Amazon allowing bigotry to go unchecked.
Bezos, whose holdings now include the reliably anti-Trump Washington Post, has been critical of President Trump in the past.
In late January, a mere 10 days after President Trump took office: Bezos fired off an email to Amazon employees regarding Trump’s immigration policy. The e-mail said the following:
A quick update on where we are. This executive order is one we do not support. Our public policy team in D.C. has reached out to senior administration officials to make our opposition clear. We’ve also reached out to congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to explore legislative options. Our legal team has prepared a declaration of support for the Washington State Attorney General who will be filing suit against the order. We are working other legal options as well.
We’re a nation of immigrants whose diverse backgrounds, ideas, and points of view have helped us build and invent as a nation for over 240 years. No nation is better at harnessing the energies and talents of immigrants. It’s a distinctive competitive advantage for our country—one we should not weaken.
To our employees in the U.S. and around the world who may be directly affected by this order, I want you to know that the full extent of Amazon’s resources are behind you.
President Trump has not been shy in the past in terms of calling out Bezos, Amazon and the Washington Post for criticism (compilation of tweets below courtesy of Newsweek):