Business Leaders Respond to NLRB’s Bizarre Lawsuit to Protect Fired Amazon Employee Who Targeted Coworker with Sexually Charged and Abusive Language

NLRB sues Amazon in federal court in attempt to force the company to rehire an employee who used a bullhorn to call a female coworker a “gutter b*tch,” “ignorant and stupid,” “crack-head a*s,” “crack ho,” and “queen of the swamp” and accuse her of being “high” and on “fentanyl”

Washington, D.C. – The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), composed of more than 500 major business and trade organizations, released the following statement today in response to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) suit against Amazon seeking a court order requiring the company to reinstate an employee shown on video shouting degrading obscenities at a female employee over a bullhorn outside the Staten Island Amazon facility. Video shows the terminated employee using a bullhorn to call a female coworker a “gutter b*tch,” “ignorant and stupid,” “crack-head a*s,” “crack ho,” and “queen of the swamp” and accuse the female employee of being “high” and on “fentanyl.”

The following statement is attributable to CDW Chair Kristen Swearingen: 

“The Board’s lawsuit showcases the lengths to which the agency will go to defend inexcusable behavior by unions and labor activists. The fired employee engaged in behavior that is unacceptable in any workplace. The Board wants to force this employee back into the workplace simply because he supports a union. That is unfair to his coworkers and sends the wrong message.

“The Board needs to stop contorting the law to unfairly excuse unions or union supporters from unacceptable conduct.”



About The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace

CDW is a broad-based coalition of hundreds of organizations representing hundreds of thousands of employers and millions of employees in various industries across the country concerned with a long-standing effort by some in the labor movement to make radical changes to the National Labor Relations Act without regard to the severely negative impact they would have on employees, employers, and the economy. CDW was originally formed in 2005 in opposition to the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) – a bill similar to the PRO Act – that would have stripped employees of the right to secret ballots in union representation elections and allowed arbitrators to set contract terms regardless of the consequence to workers or businesses.