Jeff Bezos is going to court because one of his former housekeepers claims he racially discriminated against her, and forced her to work under conditions so bad … just going to the bathroom was a nightmare.
According to legal docs, obtained by TMZ, Mercedes Wedaa says Bezos’ team allegedly treated her and other Hispanic cleaning staff members much differently compared to the white employees … claiming his household manager was “aggressive and abusive” to her, while being “respectful and polite” to the white staff.
Wedaa, who began working at Bezos’ Seattle mansion back in 2019, claims she would often work 10-14 hour shifts, but was unable to take a break while Bezos and his family were on-property.
She claims she wasn’t allowed to enter the home unless actively cleaning … which is where going to the bathroom became a major issue.
According to the docs, Wedaa and other housekeepers “were forced to climb out of the laundry room window to the outside. Then run along the path to the mechanical room, through the mechanical room and downstairs to a bathroom.”
Wedaa’s now seeking damages from Bezos and 2 companies that manage his properties.
According to Bezos’ attorney, Harry Korrell, “We researched the claims and found them to be unfounded. Ms. Wedaa was the head housekeeper and earned well over six figures each year. She was in charge of her own break and meal times, and she and the other employees had access to various bathrooms and breakrooms.”
He goes on, “The evidence will establish that Ms. Wedaa was fired for poor performance. She first sought more over $9 million, and when the corporation refused, she decided to bring this claim. Given their backgrounds, it is preposterous to argue that Mr. Bezos, Ms. Sanchez, or Northwestern LLC discriminated against Ms. Wedaa on the basis of her ethnicity or national origin.”