The National Labor Relations Board filed a lawsuit against Amazon in federal court on Thursday, with a judge ordering the company to force the company to quickly fix it before workers at one of its Staten Island warehouses begin voting in union elections next week.
The case, filed in the Eastern District of New York, involves Gerald Bryson, a former Amazon employee who was involved in a protest over security concerns at a warehouse called JFK8 after Amazon fired him at the start of the epidemic. The company said Mr. During the confrontation with other workers in the protest, Bryce violated his policy against obscene and harassing language, but labor agency staff determined that his firing was an illegal retaliation for Mr. Bryson’s workplace planning.
The agency’s administrative court case has dragged on for nearly two years, with a long battle raging over issues such as what evidence is admissible. Although the administrative law judge has not yet ruled in the case, the labor agency argued that the federal election and Mr. Bryson’s involvement with planning. Voting is set to begin next Friday.
If immediate restrictive relief is not provided, the board argued in its complaint, stating that Amazon employees would “inevitably conclude under federal labor law that the board could not effectively protect their rights”.
The agency said the judge ordered Amazon to immediately release Mr. Bryson regains his job, posts notices at the facility, and reads aloud a statement of workers’ rights at a mandatory employee meeting.
“No matter how big the employer is, it is important for workers to know their rights – especially during union elections – and the NLRB will voice their defense,” said Kathy Drew King, director of the agency overseeing the regional lawsuit. , In a statement.
Amazon did not immediately comment on the new lawsuit, although it has repeatedly said that Mr. Bryson’s firing was not retaliatory and he upheld workers’ rights to speak out about workplace conditions.
In a filing before an administrative law judge, the labor agency argued that Amazon had applied its anti-Mr. policies differently. Bryson avenges his protest.
Amazon said Mr. Bryson was aggressive in the fights in protest. In late 2020, a spokesman said: “We believe the facts of this case are clear: Mr Bryson was seen by other employees racially and sexually assaulting and intimidating a female colleague – a clear violation of our Code of Conduct and Harassment Policy.”
Amazon said in its filing that it did a thorough investigation in good faith before firing Shree. Bryson.
A recent filing revealed that in one recording Mr. Bryson, who is black, and the female employee, who is white. Both used abusive language in the recordings, although a detailed account given by the agency shows that the woman initiated several comments and tried several times to persuade Mr. Bryson to fight him, which he did not.
Mr. Bryson was fired, but the woman received a “first warning.”