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LGBT posters vandalized at Amazon months ago, HR only addressing it now

Amazon employees think the company should have done more in support of their LGBT workers after posters were vandalized.
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Amazon is under fire from some of its employees after they say the company did very little in their defense after posters were vandalized supporting LGBT events. 

According to The Advocate, almost three months ago LGBT posters designed by staff were defaced in the company's Seattle headquarter's elevators. The vandalism was reported and CNBC picked up the story about the "T" being crossed out of the LGBT acronym and "Why?" was written over a supportive message. 

The 10 posters were replaced and included this message: "Posters are company property. Defacing posters is a violation of Amazon's policy."

More than 100 people responded via email, some saying that just putting up a sign about "policy" wasn't enough, and demonstrated very little support in defense of their LGBT employees. 

One email read, "The proper response to widespread pride poster defacement is not only a policy that prohibits defacement, but also a massive and overwhelming show of support for pride in many forms."

The company released a statement confirming the hooliganism to CNBC. 

"Amazon allows employees to create their own posters to advertise events across our campus," Amazon said in a statement. "When we learned a few posters celebrating Pride were defaced, we worked quickly with the employees who created them to have them replaced, and we published new posters to reiterate our policy that posters shouldn't be altered. Since then, no other incidents have been reported."

But it was only this past Tuesday that Amazon senior vice president of human resources Beth Galetti, sent out a larger inter-office email to Seattle employees, "I want to address an issue we are seeing before it becomes bigger. In recent weeks, there have been a few cases of employees or their guests defacing elevator posters for events that promote diversity. When individuals discriminate against others — be it by making a 'joke,' a passive comment, or by defacing a poster — not only is it against our policies, it is wrong."

It continues to say staff members "should be able to bring their authentic selves to work every day to serve our customers — no matter our gender (cis or trans), race, ethnicity, education, age, disability status, or cultural background."

Sexual orientation is absent from the verbiage. 

It remains a mystery as to why the human resources department took so long in addressing the months-old incident to its employees, and why it wasn't a corporate-wide e-blast. 

The vandal(s) remains at large.