The Amazon Corporation has found itself involved in a controversial lawsuit. Specifically, the global company faces a gender discrimination lawsuit. Persons facing similar discrimination from employers in Illinois may review the Amazon case to learn how employers should address workplace discrimination and what they can do to get the justice they deserve.
The Amazon lawsuit
The Amazon lawsuit involved three employees who worked in the research and strategy division. The employees alleged female staffers receive lower titles and salaries than male co-workers. The claimants suggest that they did not receive promotions and suffered reduced wages as a result.
What makes the allegations further concerning are claims of retaliation. The three staffers lodged a complaint with human resources regarding gender discrimination and pay disparity issues. The staffers claim they suffered demotions after raising their concerns.
Amazon’s official policy is that the company does not discriminate. Additionally, the company disputes the claims it maltreated the three litigants. Regardless, the company now faces a class-action lawsuit.
Documenting examples of discrimination can help those planning on filing a lawsuit. If a company has a track record for discriminatory behaviors, memos and other documents may provide valuable evidence in an employment discrimination claim.
Anyone filing a lawsuit for employment discrimination might seek compensatory damages for lost income from denied promotions or decreased wages. A comparison of the plaintiff’s wages and those who received promotions can potentially be used to help establish what should be offered to make up for compensatory losses.
The potential for punitive damages exists when an employer’s conduct is particularly hostile or egregious. A settlement that offers compensatory and punitive sums may deliver an equitable conclusion to the dispute.