Amazon’s human resources chief, Montefiore, has been accused of violating his company’s human rights obligations by failing to act when the firm received complaints about its treatment of a female worker, Human Resources Minister Harsh Vardhan has said.
The HR chief had earlier told the Supreme Court that the firm had received a complaint alleging that he did not intervene when the woman was repeatedly subjected to physical and verbal abuse.
The woman, who had filed a complaint against the HR chief, said he had not done anything to help when she had complained to the HR department in August last year, but she had gone to the human resources department in October and raised the matter with them.
Ms Vardha, who was appointed as HR minister on December 20, said the HR executive had also been accused by the woman of not acting against a subordinate employee who was accused of sexually assaulting another subordinate employee in February this year.
The Supreme Court is hearing an appeal against the termination of the woman’s contract, and the case is now before the apex court.
Amazon said in a statement that it had “been and continues to take appropriate action against those who have violated our human rights.”
“We have no tolerance for abuse or violence towards anyone and we have zero tolerance for harassment of any kind.
Amazon has a zero-tolerance policy for any form of discrimination,” the statement said.”
We are reviewing the matter and will take all appropriate action when we receive information on further action, including potential discipline.”
The Supreme Board of Direct Taxes (SBDT) had earlier said that the HR officer had been reprimanded for “failure to exercise reasonable supervision” of a woman employee who complained about abusive treatment by the HR boss.
Amazon’s Human Resources Department had said it had asked the HR director to resign for failing to respond to the complaint, but he had resisted.
The company had said the woman, a former employee, had lodged a complaint with the HR company alleging that her employer did not protect her from retaliation for reporting a harassment incident.
A complaint was lodged with the SBDT after the woman lodged her complaint.
The SBDB has been looking into the case, and has requested that the human resource department take further action.