3 Muslim Workers at Amazon File Federal Discrimination Complaint

08amazon1-jumboSource: The New York Times

SEATTLE — Three Somali women working for Amazon near Minneapolis have accused the company of creating a hostile environment for Muslim workers and of retaliating against them for protesting their work conditions, according to a filing submitted this week to federal regulators.

In a letter with the filing, Muslim Advocates, a nonprofit legal organization representing the women, asked the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate what they argue are “systemic violations” of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law prohibits employment discrimination based on religion, among other things.

The federal complaint is the latest escalation in an almost yearlong dispute between Amazon and East African workers in the area, which has one of the most organized groups of Amazon warehouse employees in the country.

“We think an E.E.O.C. investigation is a key part of starting the process of holding Amazon accountable,” said Nimra Azmi, a lawyer on the case.

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