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Amazon to probe harassment, discrimination allegations at AWS

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San Francisco, July 24 (IANS) E-commerce giant Amazon has opened a probe into allegations of harassment and discrimination at its cloud-computing unit Amazon Web Services (AWS), after more than 550 workers signed a petition, blaming AWS for its “underlying culture of systemic discrimination, harassment, bullying, and bias against women and under-represented groups.”

The petition alleged that Amazon’s system to investigate claims of discrimination is not fair, objective or transparent, reports The Washington Post.

“The petition cites a lawsuit filed in May by Cindy Warner, a gay executive in Amazon Web Services professional services business, who accused a manager of making homophobic comments and alleged she was fired in retaliation,” the report said on Friday.

The petition also refers to a “LinkedIn post last summer by Laudon Williams, a former employee of the group, who wrote that he left the company over concerns about gender and sexual-orientation discrimination”.

It calls for an independent probe of “employee concerns that there is a non-inclusive culture” as well as the creation of an employee council to work with an external investigator.

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