He Took Time Off After His Parents Died, What Amazon Did To Him Is Absolutely Sickening…
I remember when one of my parents died many years ago, the company that I worked for at the time told me to take off as much time as I needed. I took maybe two or three days off to accomodate making arrangements for the funeral and for the funeral itself. Most companies are pretty understanding.
An Amazon worker has filed a lawsuit alleging the company fired him after he requested time off following the death of his parents.
In a town not too far away, lived a man named Scott Brock. At 53 years old, he had a pretty ordinary life, working as a warehouse employee for the massive online retail company, Amazon. Little did he know, fate would soon take a tragic turn, leaving him in despair and fighting for justice.
In the cold winter of early February, the unimaginable happened. Scott lost one of his beloved parents. Crushed by the loss, he thought he couldn't possibly bear any more sorrow. But, alas, life had other plans. Within a week, he faced the heart-wrenching loss of his second parent. Devastated beyond belief, Scott's world crumbled around him, and he sought solace in the hope that his workplace would provide him with the support he so desperately needed.
Clutching onto the bereavement leave benefit that Amazon offered, Scott submitted a request for time away from work, hoping to grieve and begin healing from the monumental loss of both his parents. However, instead of the empathy he expected, Scott was met with a cold, unfeeling response. Without any explanation, he was fired from his position at the warehouse, leaving him feeling betrayed and utterly lost.
Scott, who was adamant about fighting for justice, enlisted the aid of a group of attorneys and sued Amazon. He filed a lawsuit in Kern County, California, alleging that he was wrongfully fired from his work at the Bakersfield fulfillment center because he requested time off to grieve the devastating loss of his parents, who died just days apart.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Scott shared his disbelief and pain at Amazon's actions.
"I was shocked, just shocked," he said. "They were more concerned about numbers than they are about people… it's not right."
He fondly remembered his parents, Mary and Harrold Brock, who had married on March 18, 1958, after Harrold returned from combat in the Korean War.
"They were the greatest," Scott said. "And this is just devastating. I mean, for both to die at the same time."
Representing Scott in his battle against the corporate giant was Ronald L. Zambrano of West Coast Trial Lawyers. He confirmed that Scott had been mistreated and labeled Amazon's behavior as "just heartless." However, Alisa Carroll, an Amazon spokesperson, insisted that the company had done nothing wrong. She claimed that Scott's termination was due to threatening a coworker and violating Amazon's policies against workplace violence.
Zambrano disputed these allegations, arguing that the incident had occurred well before Scott's request for bereavement leave. He accused Amazon of using the workplace issue as a "pretext" for firing Scott, who needed time to mourn his parents and settle their estate.
"Amazon, based on their own conduct, seems to care more about efficiency and the bottom line versus reacting to real life," the attorney said. "If somebody's saying, 'my parents are dying,' let them take some time off, then let them come back to work. Don't punish them for it."
So, Scott's story unfolds, a tale of a man caught in the battle between corporate greed and human compassion. His fight for justice continues, and as it does, it serves as a sobering reminder of what can happen when the pursuit of profit trumps the value of human life and empathy.