Judges Leery of Fired Amazon Organizer’s Race Bias Claims

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A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday seemed unlikely to revive claims that Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O fired New York warehouse worker Christian Smalls, a pivotal figure in a campaign to unionize the company’s workforce, because of his race.

A three-judge 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Manhattan suggested during a hearing in Smalls’ bid to revive a 2020 lawsuit that his firing had more to do with his complaints about safety conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic than the fact that he is Black.

Amazon fired Smalls in March 2020, saying he joined a

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