Amazon has hired an outside law firm to investigate widespread gender discrimination claims in part of its cloud computing division, the company said in an email to employees late last week.
The investigation comes in response to a petition filed by a group of employees at Amazon Web Services’ Professional Services Group, an organization known as Proserve to help companies adopt cloud computing. In the petition, the employees have alleged gender discrimination and bullying in the department. The Washington Post, which Reported The investigation said that more than 550 employees had signed the petition.
Adam Selipsky, the new chief executive of AWS, responded with an email addressed to the leaders of the petition.
“We have hired an outside firm to investigate and understand any improper conduct that you or others may have experienced or witnessed,” he wrote. “This firm is experienced and objective, and I will personally review their independent findings, which will help guide further action.”
Amazon is hiring heavily at AWS, the largest provider of cloud computing. This industry has been mainly dominated by men. Nearly 23 percent of Amazon’s senior leaders are women, company data Display.
In May, five women, including a woman who worked at ProServ, sued Allegations of various forms of racial and gender discrimination, claims the company denies.