Sources have reported that mothers who work for Amazon are starting to speak out against the company’s treatment towards parents in terms of their potential career advancements. With over 1800 working mothers calling themselves The Momazonians, Amazon is under fire from all sides. They’re speaking out to ask the company for backup childcare, as provided by many other tech companies, in the event that their children’s current care falls through. Upon asking this, there has been new light shed on the overall atmosphere the company brings with its negative views on employees being parents.
Many employees have stated that Amazon is very demanding, requiring long hours and sacrifices when it comes to family matters. Not only this, but according to Business Insider, one employee told them, “[it’s] easy for women to be put on the company’s sidelines after having a child, but it’s also easy for men to go through the same thing when people don’t put their families on the back burner in favor of work”. The employee continued to say that, “once an employee has kids, particularly women who become moms,” they may, “slowly notice they get assigned projects that are less important.”
Sources say that the apparent discrimination against mothers and fathers has gotten to the point where employees avoid telling co-workers that they are parents and they even avoid having any evidence whatsoever of their family in the workplace, such as family photos. They do this out of fear of being labelled “unfocused” and “not fit for a promotion” because they’re wrongly categorized as distracted and unreliable.
The Momazonians are speaking out to get the attention from CEO Jeff Bezos. They explained to Bloomberg, “that providing help for parents dealing with flu outbreaks, school closures and other emergencies is not simply humane but good for the company, too.” The source added that a lot of moms are having to quit their jobs because they can’t find adequate childcare.
In meeting the needs of their workers, Amazon has the ability to flourish because a lot of their hard-working employees are also parents as well. Although solving the backup childcare dilemma won’t stop the subtle (but consequential) parent-shaming that seems to be apparent within the company’s walls, it is definitely a step in the right direction.
To read Amazon’s full statement on the issue, click here and scroll to the end of the article.