In early 2020, before New York and much of the world grasped the seriousness of Covid-19—and before Covid-19 had grasp of the world—a young woman working as a fashion designer and Brand Manager at Amazon.com fell seriously ill. Although she was able to return to work after her hospitalization, she continued to struggle with her health. As the pandemic took hold, and her symptoms and illness persisted, Amazon made moves to terminate her because of her disability rather than provide her with reasonable accommodations.
Alex Berke, on behalf of her client, filed a disability discrimination suit against Amazon in the Southern District of New York on May 2, 2022. Reuters covered the filing in a brief synopsis of the case as well. The case mirrors similar stories about the HR problems Amazon employees have faced accessing leave.
See Hope v Amazon.com Services LLC et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 22-cv-03537 to read the complaint.