Lawsuit alleges age, disability bias by Amazon
A lawsuit has been filed against Troutdale's Amazon Fulfillment Center, 1250 N.W. Swigert Way, after complaints of unlawful employment practices.
Tim G. Barnes, a Multnomah County resident, filed the lawsuit Monday morning, Nov. 25, against Amazon.com Services Inc., and Kristal Williams, a human resources representative with the company.
He is seeking a jury trial and $300,000 for allegations of disability discrimination, retaliation for invoking disability-related rights, failing to accommodate his needs, age discrimination and more.
Amazon did not respond in time for the Outlook's publication date.
According to the suit, Barnes was hired by Amazon on Nov. 17, 2018, to work in the Troutdale center.
He has a medical condition he said "substantially limited one or more major life activities." He also said he was born in 1957.
In January of this year, Barnes said he disclosed his medical condition to Williams. He explained his disability prevented him from performing the essential duties of his position in the picking department because he was unable to bend or squat.
Amazon transferred him to the packing department.
About a month later, Barnes told Amazon that a left-hand injury limited his ability to meet the production quota he had been assigned. He had a pending surgery to repair the hand, and a note from his doctor requesting five-hour shifts until the needed surgery. The lawsuit said Amazon approved the accommodation request.
But allegedly on Feb. 13, 2018, he was fired for not meeting the production quota. He claimed the company failed to provide the sick/medical leave to which he was entitled.
Barnes said a few days after being terminated, he sent a letter requesting an explanation to the disregard of his disability accommodation.
According to Barnes, Amazon did not respond to the letter.
He included Williams, the HR manager, in the lawsuit as aiding and abetting an unlawful employment practice. According to his lawsuit, Barnes wants to prohibit Amazon from engaging in further employment discrimination against him and other older workers, disabled workers and workers who need protected sick time or medical leave.
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