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Amazon Worker Jumps Off Company Building After E-Mail To Staff, CEO

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An employee at Amazon, an electronic commerce corporation, jumped off a building at the company’s headquarters in Seattle after sending an email to hundreds of fellow staff including CEO Jeff Bezos.

Police believe that it was most likely a suicide attempt, reports Bloomberg.

While the building is 12 stories high, the rooftop the man jumped from is four stories up, according to SeattlePI.com.

After surviving the fall, he was sent to the hospital for his injuries.

The worker recently filed an official request to be transferred, but was instead put on an employment plan conditioning job safety on job performance, according to Bloomberg. (RELATED: Amazon Wants To Open 2,000 Grocery Stores In The Next Decade)

“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.”

Amazon’s workplace culture is described as harsh and even abusive by some accounts.

The office environment’s reputation and public perception possibly prompted Bezos to encourage employees to report any incidences of maltreatment to the human resources department or directly to him. Bezos encouraged the change after a highly-critical New York Times piece.

Bezos event sent out a letter to shareholders soon after describing his thoughts about what his company’s true values and goals are.

“A word about corporate cultures: for better or for worse, they are enduring, stable, hard to change,” the message read. “They can be a source of advantage or disadvantage.”

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