Jen Hussain a Fiji Indian-Australian has alleged that she was subjected to alleges racism and unfair treatment during her tenure as an executive at Amazon’s cloud computing division Amazon Web Services in California.
Hussain is an Australian who worked for three years at Amazon in Australia, before relocating to California in early 2020. She is a PTS patient and her US visa is sponsored by Amazon.
Hussain has alleged that she followed the company process and took it up with the management regarding incidents of alleges racism and unfair treatment. However, the company stated that the evidence was not substantial and nothing could be proved.
She said that she had been with Amazon for over four and half years including three years at AWS Australia. The incidents of discrimination started when she relocated to the USA.
She was continuously unfairly treated in comparison to her peers and was given poor performance management. She stated that she was emotionally distraught as she was new to the country and that too during the pandemic times. It was difficult for her to cope with multiple management changes in a short time frame.
In her statement, she said, “I am embarrassed and feel heartbroken as this is tarnishing my brand and all the hard work that I had put in since my employment with AWS. I’m not sure if I’m ever able to get back into the workforce after this experience.”
In response to the allegations, Amazon stated that they have investigated all the claims but were not able to find any evidence to substantiate them. They said that Amazon believes in fostering a work culture where inclusion is the standard for each of its employees. They negated the allegations and said that they do not reflect their company values.
Amazon does not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment and employees are encouraged to raise concerns to the management or through an anonymous ethics hotline with no risk of retaliation.
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