Amazon will examine its employee review system after claims of racial bias

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The Amazon office sits virtually bare connected March 10, 2020 successful downtown Seattle, Washington. In effect to the coronavirus outbreak, Amazon recommended each employees successful its Seattle bureau to enactment from home, leaving overmuch of downtown astir void of people.

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Amazon said Wednesday it volition analyse however it conducts worker show reviews, a process that has faced allegations of radical bias, arsenic portion of its 2021 diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

In a memo sent to employees and posted connected the company's web site, Amazon's HR brag Beth Galetti said the institution would look for immoderate "statistically important demographic differences" successful show ratings conducted successful the archetypal 4th of this twelvemonth to place issues and instrumentality enactment wherever necessary. Amazon volition besides execute a akin valuation of its attrition rates and "low show actions" to place immoderate gaps.

Along those lines, Galetti said Amazon hopes to clasp employees astatine statistically akin rates crossed each demographics arsenic portion of its goals for this year.

The determination comes arsenic Amazon faces increasing scrutiny implicit its hiring and promotion practices. Recode reported successful February that Black Amazon employees are promoted little often and endure harsher evaluations than their non-Black colleagues, citing interviews and interior data.

Additionally, successful March, an Amazon Web Services elder manager sued Amazon for allegedly discriminating against Black and pistillate employees astatine its firm offices. Charlotte Newman besides claimed Amazon paid her little than likewise qualified White coworkers. Newman said she endured radical and intersexual harassment by her coworkers and supervisors, including being told that she looked "like a gorilla," according to the complaint. Amazon said it would analyse the claims.

Galetti said Amazon would enactment to further diversify its enactment this year. The institution aims to treble the fig of Black employees successful enactment roles and prosecute 30% much Black radical and pistillate employees successful "L4-L7" roles, which scope from introduction level to elder manager positions, successful the U.S. this year.

"It is going to instrumentality clip and accordant absorption to get wherever we privation to be," Galetti said, adding that members of CEO Jeff Bezos' S-Team, a radical of implicit a twelve elder executives from each areas of Amazon's business, person been gathering biweekly since June of past twelvemonth to "scrutinize our advancement toward reaching these goals."

Galetti said Amazon achieved respective diverseness goals established successful 2020, including doubling the practice of Black directors and vice presidents astatine the company.

Last year, women made up 22.8% of Amazon's elder enactment successful the U.S., portion Black employees represented conscionable 3.8% of its U.S. elder leadership, according to Amazon's latest workforce data.