A disgruntled Amazon worker jumped off the internet giant’s Seattle corporate headquarters after being denied a departmental transfer.
An Amazon.com Inc. employee was injured when he leaped off a building at the company’s Seattle headquarters in what police characterized as a suicide attempt.
The man, who wasn’t identified by authorities, sent an e-mail visible to hundreds of co-workers, including Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, before the incident occurred. The man survived the fall from Amazon’s 12-story Apollo building at about 8:45 a.m. local time Monday and was taken to a Seattle hospital. In the e-mail, the man expressed criticism of how the company handled his transfer request, and he hinted that he might harm himself.
The man had recently put in a request to transfer to a different department, but was placed on an employee improvement plan, a step that can lead to termination if performance isn’t improved.
The good news is the man survived the fall, and he arrived ahead of schedule with free shipping.