Amazon Flex algorithm delivery driver firings

June 2021
Updated: January 2022

A report from Bloomberg alleges that millions of independent contract drivers working for Amazon's Flex delivery service are being managed and fired by an algorithm with little human intervention.

Some dismissals are considered unfair, with riders given only 10 days to appeal their terminations. If their appeal fails, they must then pay USD 200 for it to go to arbitration.

To make matters even more challenging, riders are unable to have access to the algorithm and its decision-making processes.

In addition, notes Ars Technica, Flex drivers are complaining in forums about having their accounts terminated because their selfies failed to 'meet the requirements for the Amazon Flex program'.

Operator: Amazon
Developer: Amazon
Country: USA
Sector: Transport/logistics
Purpose: Increase efficiency
Technology: Management algorithm; Image recognition
Issue: Fairness; Employment - pay, termination
Opacity: Governance; Black box; Complaints/appeals