A new report from the Free & Fair Markets Initiative (FFMI) examines female employees’ experiences at Amazon — which touts itself as a corporate leader in diversity and inclusion. The group’s analysis of government, corporate and legal records, “Amazon’s Unfair Deal of the Day: Undercutting Women,” was released today.
The report details several civil employment lawsuits filed by women who worked at Amazon alleging discrimination and unlawful firing after taking leave protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). It also finds that 78 percent of senior leadership roles at Amazon are occupied by men, and that administrative support is the only division where women represent a majority. Further, of the 10 people who report to CEO Jeff Bezos, only one — Beth Galetti, the head of human resources — is a woman.
These findings come amid a larger conversation among policymakers in Washington, D.C., state lawmakers and Silicon Valley companies about what steps — if any — major tech firms should take to increase the number of women in leadership positions. Experts say that while Amazon’s record on gender equality is comparable to its peers in the tech sector, the company’s rhetoric on gender equity doesn’t match the reality of its business practices.
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