NLRB Sues Amazon Over Firing Of Activist Who Used Bullhorn To Call Female Co-Worker "Gutter B*tch," "Crack Ho" & More... Here's the Video.
Amazon fired an employee for using vulgar language toward another employee. Now, one week before an election is to begin, the NLRB wants him hired back.
One week before an election is to begin at one of Amazon's Staten Island warehouses in New York, the National Labor Relations Board has sued Amazon in federal court to reinstate a worker fired back in April 2020.
The case, filed in the Eastern District of New York, involves a former Amazon employee, Gerald Bryson, whom Amazon fired early in the pandemic after he was involved in a protest over safety concerns at the warehouse, known as JFK8. The company said Mr. Bryson had violated its policy against vulgar and harassing language during a confrontation with another worker in the protest, but the labor agency’s staff determined that his firing was illegal retaliation for Mr. Bryson’s workplace organizing.
The video below, which is part of an hour-long video posted on Facebook shows the exchange between the Mr. Bryson (with the bullhorn) and another employee.
“It’s noteworthy that the NLRB is pursuing an ‘emergency injunction’ right before an election when they’ve known the facts in this case for over 18 months,” said Barbara Agrait, an Amazon spokesperson told Vice.com’s Motherboard. “And it’s confusing that they’re fighting to protect behavior that no employer or co-worker should have to tolerate: Mr. Bryson was broadcast live on social media, bullying, cursing at, and defaming a female co-worker over a bullhorn. He’s remained unapologetic and the videos remain online to this day. We look forward to a judge reviewing the facts in this case.”
During the exchange, which was during the height of the pandemic, it appears the female employee initiated the exchange by responding to Mr. Bryson’s call over his bullhorn to close the facility.
In response to the woman’s statements, Bryson can be heard using his bullhorn to call the female employee “b*tch,” “gutter b*tch,” “ignorant and stupid,” “crack-head a*s,” “crack ho,” “queen of the swamp,” as well as accusing the female employee of being “high” and on "fentanyl.”
The full hour-long video can be viewed on Facebook.
To read the NLRB’s case filling, go here.
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