In an Amazon.com warehouse, workers had to work in 100+ degree heat and sometimes walked 15 miles a day. After the news broke, Amazon's initial response was to keep an ambulance outside the warehouse.
For a long time the working conditions in the United States have been generally very good.
We now look at the outsourcing of jobs to other countries and hear about the conditions there being terrible, and there is a push to help improve conditions around the world.
There are still some bad conditions in the United States, though.
Amazon has received a lot of criticism for its working conditions from both current and former employees, as well as the media and politicians.
The "pickers," who travel the building with a trolley and a handheld scanner "picking" customer orders can walk up to 15 miles a day back and forward, and if they fall behind on their targets, they can be reprimanded.
In 2011 it was publicized that at the Breinigsville, Pennsylvania warehouse, workers had to carry out work in 100 °F (38 °C) heat, resulting in employees becoming extremely uncomfortable and suffering from dehydration and collapse.
Loading-bay doors were not opened to allow in fresh air as "managers were worried about theft". Amazon's initial response was to pay for an ambulance to sit outside on call to cart away overheated employees.