Amazon is reaching a settlement with two former skilled workers who accused the retail giant of illegally firing them last year for publicly opposing the company. Former employees Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa publicly criticized the company and urged Amazon to better protect warehouse workers from COVID-19.

They also hope that Amazon will take more measures to reduce its impact on climate change. Cunningham and Costa said that the settlement means that Amazon will to pay them lost wages and posted a notice stating that the company cannot fire employees to organize and exercise their rights. “This is a victory for protecting workers’ rights, showing that are right to stand up for each other, for justice and our world,” Cunningham and Costa said in a statement.

In the settlement process, Amazon also avoided possible lengthy hearings at the National Labor Relations Board. Amazon said in a statement on Thursday that it welcomes “the resolution of this matter.” Among a group of workers who want the company to take more measures to deal with climate change and stop doing business with oil and gas companies, the two former employees are user experience for Seattle Amazon.

They staged protests and expressed their concerns to the media. Last year, with the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, Cunningham and Costa were fired after helping plan calls between Amazon warehouses and office workers to discuss unsafe conditions in the warehouses of the online shopping giants. Work to pack and ship online orders during the pandemic. At the time Amazon stated that it fired them because they violated internal policies, not because they publicly talked about working conditions or sustainability. Soon after, an Amazon executive resigned in protest, saying that he could not stand idly by because the whistleblower was suppressed.

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