- A transgender man is filing a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against Amazon.
- Shaun Simmons, a transgender man in New Jersey, told NBC News he was passed over for a promotion when he informed his manager he was pregnant in June 2019.
- He also told NBC News that once other co-workers found out about his pregnancy, he was harassed about which bathroom he was using, demoted, and denied safety accommodations for his pregnancy.
- “Amazon does not tolerate discriminatory harassment of any kind,” Leah Seay, Amazon spokesperson, told Insider. “We have been, and continue to be, committed to accommodating all employees to perform their duties in a safe and inclusive workplace.”
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A transgender Amazon employee is suing the company over claims of pregnancy discrimination and gender-based harassment, according to NBC news.
Shaun Simmons, a transgender man and employee at the Amazon fulfillment centre in Princeton, New Jersey, told NBC News he informed his manager Mike Menno that he was pregnant in June 2019 and was passed over for a promotion soon after.
Word spread quickly around the centre about Simmons’ pregnancy, after which he says he was harassed by other employees. In one instance cited in the lawsuit filed on Monday, Simmons was questioned for using the men’s restroom by another employee.
“Aren’t you pregnant?” the coworker asked.
Simmons told NBC News his supervisors started criticising his performance after they were made aware of his pregnancy, and he was eventually demoted to item picker, which required him to lift heavy objects.
After filing a complaint with human resources to make accommodations for his pregnancy, he said his request was denied. Simmons said he was then placed on unpaid leave a month before he was expected to give birth.
Leah Seay, an Amazon spokesperson, told Insider Amazon is unable to comment on the pending case.
“Please know that Amazon does not tolerate discriminatory harassment of any kind,” Seay said. “We have been, and continue to be, committed to accommodating all employees to perform their duties in a safe and inclusive workplace.”