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Amazon’s warehouse-worker tracking system can automatically fire people without a human supervisor’s involvement

  • Amazon employs a system that not only tracks warehouse workers’ productivity but also can automatically fire them for failing to meet expectations.
  • Amazon confirmed that it fired hundreds of people for productivity reasons in just one facility over one year’s time.
  • It said that the rate at which it is firing people from its warehouses has decreased.

Amazon’s demanding culture of worker productivity has been revealed in multiple investigations. But a new report indicates that the company doesn’t just track worker productivity at its warehouses — it also has a system that can automatically fire them.

Amazon has fired more than 300 workers, citing productivity, at a single facility in Baltimore in a single year (August 2017 through September 2018), The Verge’s Colin Lecher reported. The Verge cited a letter by an Amazon attorney as part of a case with the National Labor Relations Board.

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider, “Approximately 300 employees turned over in Baltimore related to productivity in this timeframe. In general, the number of employee terminations have decreased over the last two years at this facility as well as across North America.”

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