Thursday, May 7, 2020

Amazon VP Resigns over Whistleblower Firings ↦

Kate Cox reporting for Ars Technica:

Amazon VP Tim Bray, who had been with the company for more than five years, has resigned in protest of Amazon’s treatment of warehouse workers and the firing of other employees who spoke out.

The company fired multiple warehouse and office workers in recent weeks amid organizing efforts to improve conditions in the company’s distribution centers, where individuals have contracted COVID-19. Firing the whistleblowers is “evidence of a vein of toxicity running through the company culture,” Bray said in a blog post explaining his departure. “I choose neither to serve nor drink that poison.”

It’s quite rare for an executive to resign over worker treatment and even more rare to do so publicly. I feel that Tim Bray made the right move here.