An Amazon warehouse worker in Sacramento, California, has bought her job again after she was allegedly fired after lacking work to go to a dying member of the family in hospital.
The employee, named solely has Sandra, was reportedly let go for exceeding her allowed unpaid time-off by one hour when her mother-in-law died.
She stated she was allowed to go away work early to go to her mother-in-law at a bedside vigil. However, when she returned to request bereavement depart following her member of the family’s dying, she was knowledgeable she had already gone over her unpaid depart for the 12 months by one hour and was let go.
Part-time Amazon employees are solely allowed 10 unpaid days off a 12 months, whatever the motive.
“I felt like I used to be in The Twilight Zone,” Sandra advised The Verge. “I’m dealing with a death in my family, and I’m going to lose my job over one hour?”
The choice sparked outrage at Amazon’s supply heart in Sacramento, with the Amazonians United, Sacramento (AUS) group arrange quickly after. The employees additionally delivered a letter demanding Sandra be rehired and all employees be given paid day off.
“While Amazon is a trillion dollar company run by the richest man in the world, permanent part-time employees working 8 hour shifts are only allowed 10 days off a year for any reason,” the letter stated. “This means that every day we use [unpaid time off] for family emergencies, sickness, or vacation, we are one step closer to termination.”
According to AUS, Sandra has now been given her job again and has been paid for time missed.
“Before our petition, Sandra had spent countless hours talking to Human Resources (HR) by phone and email to try and save her job,” AUS stated in a press release on Facebook.
“Despite her finest efforts, Amazon continued to disregard Sandra and delay their response to her case. However, issues modified on October 1 when AUS submitted a petition with 78 signatures from DSM1 co-workers demanding that Sandra be rehired and all employees be given Paid Time Off (PTO).
“Within 24 hours of submitting the petition, HR verbally confirmed to Sandra that she was going to be rehired with again pay after weeks of being ignored and strung alongside and not using a paycheck. That is the facility that every one Amazon employees have once we work collectively.”
However, AUS stated they’re nonetheless combating for a second employee who was additionally fired for taking an excessive amount of unpaid day off. That worker was additionally rehired however has not acquired any again fee. Amazon has additionally reportedly not met with the employees to debate permitting paid day off.
“AUS will proceed to push for these calls for as we transfer ahead,” the group added.
Amazon didn’t instantly return a request for remark.