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How Amazon Mishandled Paying Dozens of Workers on Leave

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In internal correspondence, company administrators warned of “inadequate service levels,” “deficient processes” and systems that are “prone to delay and error.”The extent of the problem puts in stark relief how Amazon’s workers routinely took a back seat to customers during the company’s meteoric rise to retail dominance. Amazon built cutting-edge package processing facilities to cater to shoppers’ appetite for fast delivery, far outpacing competitors. But the business did not devote enough resources and attention to how it served employees, according to many longtime workers.“A lot of times, because we’ve optimized for the customer experience, we’ve been focused on that,” Bethany Reyes, who was rece …

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