Amazon employees of “all genders” are requesting time off to mourn the end of Roe v. Wade and demanding that the company cease operations in pro-life states.
The e-commerce giant said last month that it would cover as much as $4,000 in expenses for employees traveling across state lines to procure an abortion. After the Supreme Court overturned Roe — the 1973 decision claiming that the Constitution protects abortion — several other leading corporations followed suit.
Nevertheless, Libs of TikTok obtained an open letter from hundreds of Amazon employees demanding more action over the loss of their “basic human rights.”
“As part of Amazon’s wide-reaching efforts toward a more inclusive and diverse workforce, we believe that Amazon cannot let this recent decision go unanswered,” the letter said. “We ask Amazon, the world’s best employer, to actively defend against this assault on our liberty.”
Among other actions, the authors are requesting that Amazon “allow employees of all genders the space and time to grieve, express their frustrations, and protest against this assault on our rights.” In addition, they want the company to “donate and match donations to bail funds” to help “women and pregnant people” seeking abortions in states with protections for pre-born babies.
Amazon would not be the first company to pursue such a policy. Clothing maker Patagonia told employees last week that it would pay bail for those who “peacefully protest” in response to the Supreme Court’s decision.
Beyond helping women circumvent their state’s laws, the Amazon employees want the company to “expand remote work options” for those who relocate in response to the decision, “audit and remove product offerings” that “misrepresent” abortion and “encourage hat… (Read more)