Amazon.com’s general counsel Thursday stated his emotions clouded his judgment when he wrote meeting notes in which he allegedly drafted a public relations strategy towards a protest organizer and questioned the employee’s intelligence.
Amazon didn’t confirm the authenticity of the notes, which were from a daily assembly with the company’s CEO Jeff Bezos and the senior management team.
David Zapolsky, Amazon’s secretary and prime lawyer, allegedly wrote that a worker who criticized Amazon’s warehouse operation during the coronavirus pandemic was “not smart, or articulate” and suggested Amazon would possibly “make him the face of the entire organizing movement.”
Amazon and other companies have provided vital deliveries as almost 90% of the U.S. has been advised by their governments to stay residence to arrest the unfold of coronavirus. However, some employees have protested, saying the companies are not doing sufficient to protect their health.
Employees from at least 19 of Amazon’s U.S. warehouses, such as in Staten Island, New York, have tested positive for the coronavirus, based on media reports.
Amazon said it fired worker Christian Smalls after he came to the Staten Island warehouse for a demonstration Monday in breach of his paid quarantine.