Jeff Bezos Former Housekeeper Sues For Racial Discrimination, Bad Working Conditions

Jeff Bezos Former Housekeeper Sues For Racial Discrimination, Bad Working Conditions

Amazon‘s founder and current executive chairman, Jeff Bezos, is being sued by a former housekeeper who says she was forced to work up to 14 hours a day in poor conditions and faced racial discrimination, per Bloomberg.



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Jeff Bezos and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez at the Baby2Baby 10-Year Gala.

The complaint was filed in Seattle’s King County Superior Court. It alleges that Mercedes Wedaa, a former housekeeper, worked long hours without being informed that she was allowed to take rest breaks.

During meals, she and her coworkers would eat together in the laundry room. Wedaa also claims that Bezos’s employee “became aggressive, abusive, and did not treat her as well as white staff.”

Harry Korrell was an attorney for Bezos. The suit was also filed against two other companies that manage the residences of the Amazon founder. He emailed Entrepreneur to refute the claims. Korrell stated that he had investigated the claims and found no merit.

Wedaa started working with the Bezos family in September 2019, per the Associated Press, first as a solo housekeeper and then as a “house coordinator. “

The suit claims, per the AP, that she and her co-workers had to jump through a window in the laundry room to get to a bathroom when the family was home — as they were not allowed to be around them, except while cleaning.

“Because there was no readily accessible bathroom, Plaintiff and other housekeepers spend large parts of their day unable to use the toilet even though they needed to,” the complaint wrote and giving them urinary tract infections (UTIs). (A connection between holding urine and UTIs has not been completely confirmed. )

Wedaa’s suit claimed she was fired because she was told she looked “unhappy. “

Korrell said that Wedaa was “responsible for her own break and meal times, and there were several bathrooms and breakrooms available to her and other staff. “

He claimed that Wedaa filed the suit after the company refused to pay her $9 million.

“The suggestion that Mr. Bezos or Ms. Sanchez or Northwestern LLC discriminated against Wedaa because of her race or nationality is absurd, the statement continued.

One Wedaa’s attorneys, Patrick Leo McGuigan, of HKM Employment Attorneys did not immediately respond, but said that she had worked hard her whole life and that there was compelling evidence to support her claims. “

Bezos has dealt with workplace complaints before, from enormous Amazon employee turnover to what former and current employees claimed was a “toxic” culture at his space company, Blue Origin.

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