Monday, June 10, 2019

Happy Amazon prime customers pay for Amazon lawyers to persecute Amazon employees

Earlier I noted how Amazon spends money of customers - by hiring attorneys at around $1000 an hour to persecute its own employees.
In the lawsuit, Amazon hired reputable and extreeeemly expensive Perkins Coie attorneys to fight me. These are attorneys who were thinking it is a good idea to complain to the Court about my protests.

I act without an attorney and I have no legal education. Amazon and Perkins Coie decided it is not enough to fight against me with single attorney. They brought a combination of a Partner + an Attorney.

Now let's go to money horror. Would you like to be terrified? I was.
Perkins Coie Partner is paid in average $376,105/yr.
Perkins Coie Attorney is paid in average $287,354/yr.
In total, these two guys make $663,459/yr.

For these money you could hire 20 warehouse employees because each of them gets just $15/hr.

I am arguing with Amazon in the lawsuit whether picketing is right and whether retaliation is unlawful during the last half a year. For half a year their total earnings were approximately
$663,459 / 2 = $331,729.

Of course, attorney of the firm can be engaged in multiple projects (lawsuits). However usually legal firm (Perkins Coie) charges its client (Amazon) hourly rate of the lawyer multiple times higher than his/her salary. Moreover, docket of my case was frequently updated and now it contains 50 motions. That means around half of them is filed by each side. How much Amazon paid for 25 motions?
I don't know the real number and I have never seen contract between Perkins Coie and Amazon. But we don't need a PhD degree to easily calculate an estimation based on the numbers listed supra.

I am OK with high salaries of the lawyers. I think everybody deserve the money for the job he does. Even Mr Bezos deserves his billions because he created such startup. Moreover, I was paid competitive rate working as a software engineer for Amazon.

However I am not OK with the following. Amazon spends hundreds of thousands dollars (and potentially millions) just to persecute its own employee! And that is just for the single employee! Amazon pays $15/hr to warehouse picker and then pays around $1000/hr to persecute this picker!
How many current lawsuits does Amazon have? If we multiply $300,000 by this number, we will be terrified even more.

While Mr Bezos actively promotes "customer obsession", he hides his real "attorney obsession".

Dear Happy Amazon Prime Customer! Please be aware you do not support hungry families of Amazon fulfillment center employees. You support families of lawyers!

Oleg, it is enough horror! Give us some good news! Well, the good news is at least somebody is really happy as a result of that. Perkins Coie guys would bless Amazon and encourage the company to persecute its employees indefinitely!

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