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Former Amazon Manager Claims the Company Racially Profiles Job Seekers

  • Former regional sales manager sues over firing from retailer
  • Lisa McCarrick claims she was fired for refusing to profile
Employees work inside an Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center.

Employees work inside an Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center.

Photographer: Melissa Lyttle/Bloomberg

A former Amazon.com Inc. manager says she was fired after she complained to higher-ups that her supervisor told her to scan the social media accounts of prospective hires to determine their race and gender.

In a wrongful termination suit filed Monday in Alameda Superior Court in Oakland, Lisa McCarrick, a former regional loss prevention manager in California, said she knew Amazon had been criticized publicly for its lack of diversity in the workplace.

McCarrick “reasonably believed that scouring social media accounts for the purpose of ascertaining race and ethnicity was unlawful,” according to the lawsuit.

The 38-year-old California woman said she was fired in November, two months after submitting the complaint, despite having earned positive job evaluations during her 16-month tenure at the company. During the termination meeting, she said she was told that her direct supervisor had admitted to using social media accounts to determine race and ethnicity.