Amazon’s labor practices have earned it the nickname “Amazon’s Amazon” for its ability to undercut rivals by using cheap labor.
The company is widely believed to have used Amazon’s online shopping platform, Prime, to undercut Amazon’s warehouse employees, who make about $5.25 an hour, according to a BuzzFeed report published last week.
BuzzFeed reported that Amazon’s use of cheap labor on the company’s website was an intentional strategy to drive down prices.
Amazon’s website reportedly offers a 30% discount on items it says can be shipped directly from Amazon warehouses.
BuzzFeed also found that Amazon paid more than $1 million to a former Amazon warehouse worker to get him to quit his job, as the warehouse’s prices soared.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Amazon is also known to have made a killing off workers who did not want to be considered “gigs” — workers who work from home and work from other Amazon warehouses, or live and work at home — in order to drive up prices.
BuzzFeed previously reported that employees working at Amazon’s warehouses were being pressured into working longer hours and were forced to work 12-hour shifts, and that Amazon retaliated against those who refused to work for less money.
BuzzFeed has reported that many warehouse workers earn less than $15 an hour.
BuzzFeed reached out to Amazon for comment and did not receive a response.
BuzzFeed is also a frequent target of Amazon’s retaliation, BuzzFeed reported.
BuzzFeed wrote that Amazon fired three Amazon employees who said they had to work from their homes to save money.
The workers were not punished.
Amazon reportedly retaliated on multiple occasions after BuzzFeed reported its report, BuzzFeed wrote.
The report said that Amazon also threatened employees who complained about working conditions, saying it would terminate them.
BuzzFeed said that some employees at Amazon were also threatened by Amazon over the report.
Amazon said it retaliated when BuzzFeed published its story and said it had fired the employees for “false reporting.”
Amazon said in a statement to BuzzFeed News that “this is the first time we have publicly stated that Amazon has retaliated.”
BuzzFeed also published a letter written by Amazon’s former senior vice president for labor and benefits, Jeffrey Schoenberg, who was also the company head of Amazon warehouses for several years, including before he left the company in 2015.
Schoenburg wrote that employees at the company had no legal recourse to the retaliation, and he did not know how Amazon’s alleged retaliation occurred.
BuzzFeed’s report said Schoen, who left Amazon in 2016, “took action to prevent BuzzFeed from publishing its investigation.”
BuzzFeed has been investigating Amazon’s workforce practices for years, and has published other stories based on internal documents and interviews with former employees and Amazon workers.
BuzzFeed News reached out for comment from Amazon but did not hear back.
BuzzFeed published an article on Amazon that also detailed how it had been working with BuzzFeed to report on its workers’ conditions, and said that “Amazon employees have been in the news for years because of stories about Amazon’s illegal practices, but Amazon also has a long history of using low wages and excessive hours to keep workers at Amazon from competing for jobs with Amazon’s own workers.”
BuzzFeed said the Amazon warehouse workers BuzzFeed interviewed for the article were not paid for their time.
BuzzFeed had reported on a case in which Amazon allegedly retaliated after BuzzFeed published a story in 2017 about a lawsuit that Amazon had filed against BuzzFeed for a story that alleged Amazon had discriminated against Amazon workers and other employees.
BuzzFeed sued Amazon for breach of contract, defamation, and libel, BuzzFeed News reported.
The case is still ongoing, BuzzFeed said.
The BuzzFeed article also said that the company retaliated in another case after BuzzFeed had published an investigation into the company.
BuzzFeed filed a lawsuit against Amazon in 2015, and BuzzFeed’s story was published.
BuzzFeed then contacted Amazon about the lawsuit.
BuzzFeed did not have an immediate response to BuzzFeed’s request for a comment.
BuzzFeed received a letter from Amazon in January 2017 that said the company was aware of the BuzzFeed article and that it was “reviewing” the story, BuzzFeed told BuzzFeed News.
BuzzFeed confirmed with Amazon that it had obtained the letter.
Amazon confirmed the letter, but did NOT say it would fire BuzzFeed for the story.
BuzzFeed, BuzzFeed, and Amazon did report a story last year that revealed Amazon had paid former Amazon workers to leave the company, and had paid thousands of dollars in restitution to workers who had filed wrongful termination lawsuits against the company for retaliation and retaliation-related discrimination.
BuzzFeed originally wrote that BuzzFeed would pay former Amazon employees to leave.
BuzzFeed later reported that BuzzFeed was paid $150,000 by Amazon to pay former employees to quit the company and that more than 200 former Amazon Amazon workers had quit or were considering quitting the company because of retaliation, according the BuzzFeed report.
BuzzFeed found that several former Amazon managers were paid a total of $2.6 million to leave or sever their employment.
BuzzFeed identified seven former Amazon executives and employees who had left or been considering leaving the company over the