NeQuinice Jenkins, an African American who has worked for Amazon for two years, said she spotted the noose last month. This happened after she was moved from the east wing of the Phoenix Amazon warehouse that she said was too crowded to the building’s west wing.
Upon checking boxes, she saw a rope that was tied in a disturbing fashion. She expressed her concerns to management, noting that her family is from Mississippi and that she grew up hearing stories about black people being lynched. “There was a noose hanging there,” she said.
Jenkins also spoke with the human resources manager at the warehouse and said she was told she could go home with no pay. “I was shaken, teary-eyed,” Jenkins said. “It was really traumatizing from me.” Jenkins’s lawyer, Benjamin Taylor, said that “under employment law, all employers, especially Amazon, has to make sure there is a safe environment for their workers.”
An Amazon spokesperson noted in a statement that the company “has a zero-tolerance policy on any kind of harassment or discrimination.”
“Our team immediately took action to begin investigating and to support the employee,” the spokesperson said. “We’re committed to ensuring that all of our colleagues feel safe, valued, and supported in the workplace.”Last modified on Tuesday, 02 June 2020