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Amazon Under Fire Over Alleged Worker Abuse in Germany

Amazon's logistics center in Bad Hersfeld, Germany, is its biggest in Europe, with over 100,000 square meters of space

Amazon's logistics center in Bad Hersfeld, Germany, is its biggest in Europe, with over 100,000 square meters of space Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images

Online retailer Amazon.com is under attack in Germany for alleged mistreatment of its workers after a television documentary showed immigrant employees living in cramped housing under surveillance by security guards in neo-Nazi garb.

Amazon on Feb. 18 said it had canceled a contract with a security company whose guards were accused of harassing workers, searching their rooms, and frisking them to make sure they had not taken food from the dining room. “The criticized security service is not used any longer,” a Munich-based Amazon spokeswoman said in an e-mail. “Amazon has zero tolerance for discrimination and intimidation.”