In a shocking incident, an Amazon.com Inc. employee jumped from Amazon's 12-story Apollo building after he was not transferred to the department he wanted to. Police said that the employee tried to commit suicide from the company's Seattle headquarters.
"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, according to a person familiar with the matter. 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", police said.
"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", said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing company personnel matters. More than 20,000 people are working in multiple buildings at Amazon's headquarters.
"Our thoughts are with our colleague as he continues to recover," Amazon said in a statement. "He's receiving some of the best care possible and we will be there to support him throughout the recovery process."
"In the e-mail, the man also expressed criticism of how the company handled his transfer request, and he hinted that he might harm himself", according to the person.
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BY M. DIVYA SRI