Amazon has a record of being in support of the LGBTQ community, however a recent incident at one of their shipping warehouses in Kentucky has cast a pall over the company. A man and his transgender wife worked for Amazon at the Warehouse from 2014 to 2015, and they eventually resigned because the hostile work environment was simply too much for them to endure.
The couple sued Amazon and they claim that employees at the company harassed them, targeted them with slurs, and that their superiors at the company eventually retaliated against them. The conditions were too much, and they quite in disgust. They hope their lawsuit holds Amazon accountable for not doing more to support them.
One of the core claims in the couple's lawsuit is that the company retaliated against them as opposed to taking concrete steps towards addressing the issues at their workplace. This is, sadly, a common theme with many retaliation and discrimination claims. Companies don't always put forth the effort they should to protect their employees and to uphold their policies and stated values.
Instead, they become comfortable with the status quo. This isn't right, and there is no excuse for why companies would do this. But they sometimes do. The victims of discriminatory policies or actions -- may they be by individual employees or the company as a whole -- should consult with an attorney to make sure their rights are being protected.
Source: WTOP, "Kentucky man, transgender wife sue Amazon for workplace bias," AP, Aug. 9, 2017