Amazon has long been blamed for hurting box stores, even drawing the occasional ire of the president on Twitter, but this charge against Amazon is a new one and isn’t available to Prime members. After a former Amazon employee received an injury at work, she says that her life has spiraled downward ever since, leaving her living in a warehouse car park.
An ex-Amazon employee claims she ended up being evicted from her home and having to sleep at the warehouse car park after becoming injured at work and receiving no sick pay, The Sun reports.
Vickie Shannon Allen, a 49-year-old Texan, says that her back problems caused from work put her on the path to losing her home and now residing in the car park, all because the online retail giant wouldn’t give her sick pay, she alleges.
She couldn’t keep up with her bills without her full pay, something not surprising considering most Americans don’t have enough money saved up for emergencies.
With nowhere else to turn, the former employee posted a YouTube video that she used to illustrate and visually show her plight and accuse the company of letting this situation happen to her.
For extra effect, she filmed the video right outside the Amazon facility where she once worked. “I just can’t believe this is my life now,” she said in the video. “I am just in awe that I live in my car at my job – who does that?” she added, which was especially powerful because she was not only outside Amazon but standing by her car, serving as her tiny mobile home.
“I work for the world’s richest man [Jeff Bezos] and I live in my car,” she said.
Forbes currently has Jeff Bezos’s net worth at around $137 billion, according to the Forbes, meaning that a salary of about $45,000 a year would make up well less than one percent of Bezos’s entire net worth.
Allen claims that Amazon did provide her some medical attention but that her superiors would still send her home and without full pay because her pain made her unable to do her tasks adequately.
She did get paid leave after arguing with the company for nine months, albeit only a single day of pay.
She alleged to have declined a $3,500 buyout offer, at least partially because she didn’t want to agree to a nondisclosure agreement.
Allen did say that she has her eyes on something more permanent than the car lot but is still trying to get together the funds necessary to move forward.
The Sun reached out to an Amazon spokesman for comment and said “we don’t recognize these allegations as an accurate portrayal of working at Amazon.”
The statement went on to talk about Amazon’s “proud” safety record and that safety of employees is Amazon’s “number one priority.”