Black, Latino Drivers Sue Amazon Over Firings Based on Background Checks

A lawsuit, filed in Suffolk Superior Court, is a class action suit of black and Latino former drivers for Amazon who have sued the online retailer, alleging that Amazon discriminated against them when it fired them based on a background check policy. Originally filed as a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the drivers claim that in 2016, Amazon began implementing an overly strict background check policy, which highlighted old and minor offenses without taking job performance into consideration. One employee had been delivering packages for the retailer for 60 to 70 hours each week when he was terminated for an old charge of driving after a license suspension.

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