An internal petition circulated by Amazon employees urges the company to appoint an external investigator to review allegations of discrimination following a series of lawsuits against the Seattle-based tech giant.
The petition was signed by more than 550 employees, according to a copy of the petition obtained by The Hill.
Amazon Web Services CEO Adam Selipsky said the company has hired an outside firm to investigate and that he will “personally review their independent findings.”
The petition cites a lawsuit filed by Cindy Warner, a former employee in AWS’s professional services business unit, in May.
Warner alleges she faced verbal abuse and discrimination against her by a white male manager and that she was unlawfully fired in retaliation after her complaints.
Warner was one of five women, ranging in age from 23 to 64, across Amazon’s corporate offices and warehouses to file complaints the same day in May against the company alleging gender bias discrimination.
The lawsuits followed one filed in March by Charlotte Newman, a Black Amazon manager, who sued Amazon over allegations of racial discrimination and sexual harassment and sexual exploitation.
The company previously told The Hill it was conducting investigations but had “found no evidence to support the allegations.”