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•  From the New York Post:

"Amazon was hit with a $280 million lawsuit Tuesday for allegedly abandoning a company that makes specialized structures used by the e-retail giant’s robotics division.

Vietnamese manufacturer Gilimex claims Amazon pushed it to produce the structures – called fabric pod arrays, or FPAs – during the pandemic but then promptly ended their deal in May, according to the lawsuit filed in New York Supreme Court.

"The company is suing Amazon for negligent misrepresentation, unfair trade practices, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, according to the complaint."

Amazon has not yet commented on the suit.

•  From Business Insider:

"An executive involved in Amazon's 'earth's best employer' initiative was recently investigated by the company after multiple employees alleged she created a hostile work environment, according to people familiar with the situation.

"The investigation focused on Justine Hastings, the vice president of human-resources science and chief of people-centered science at Amazon, the people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity so they could discuss sensitive matters. Their identities are known to Insider.

"Hastings' team of researchers, data scientists, and economists is generally tasked with studying and improving workplace culture across Amazon. The group often conducts internal research and presents the results to Amazon's most senior leaders. Hastings reports to Beth Galetti, the company's top HR executive. 

"The investigation over the summer followed allegations that Hastings overused the company's Focus performance-improvement program, often with no clear justification, nine current employees familiar with the investigation said.

"Insider could not verify the outcome of the inquiry. The company's investigation lasted several months, much longer than the typical few weeks, seven people familiar with the investigation told Insider