Amidst a clamp-down on employee organizing that has spread throughout the tech industry, Amazon is being accused of attempting to silence workers who have publicly criticized the company’s environmental record.
Members of the activist group Amazon Employees for Climate Justice have been threatened with termination after speaking to the media, according to the group, which organized a 1,500 worker walkout last September. The white collar protest was the first of its kind in Amazon’s 25-year history.
“Four employees have been questioned and two have been threatened with termination if they continue speaking up about Amazon’s role in the climate crisis without seeking PR approval,” Maren Costa, a principal user experience designer and one of the threatened organizers at Amazon, told Motherboard.
On November 22, Costa received an email informing her that she had violated company policy, and that further infractions would “result in formal corrective action, up to and including termination of your employment with Amazon,” according to a letter reviewed by the Washington Post .
Amazon, which ships billions of packages each year and consumes enormous amounts of energy through its cloud computing services, stands out among the tech giants for its environmental record.