A transgender Amazon employee has sued the company, claiming he was denied a promotion and harassed by fellow workers after telling his supervisor he was pregnant. Shaun Simmons, who worked at a warehouse in Princeton, New Jersey, alleges that his boss told another supervisor about the pregnancy and the two allegedly demoted him.
- Simmons claims the supervisors criticized his work performance to get him demoted. He complained to HR and was placed on paid leave. Upon returning, Simmons claims he was demoted to the position of item picker, which put a strain on his pregnancy.
- In the lawsuit, Simmons argues Amazon repeatedly discriminates against people due to disabilities and/or pregnancy and fails to accommodate their needs.
- He is seeking his job back as well as back pay, legal fees, restoration of lost benefits, and punitive damages.
- A 2019 investigation by CNET found that Amazon has fired at least seven pregnant workers, who later filed lawsuits claiming discrimination.