On Monday, an Amazon employee made a suicide attempt by jumping off a building at the company’s headquarters in Seattle.
The incident occurred at about 8:45 a.m. local time. According to a report from Bloomberg News, the employee wanted to be transferred to a different department, but the e-commerce giant placed him an employee improvement plan. Failing to improve performance can result in termination from the job.
Amazon has more than 20,000 employees at Amazon’s headquarters.
In response, Amazon said that “he’s receiving some of the best care possible and we will be there to support him throughout the recovery process.”
One of the online retailer’s employees, who wanted not to be disclosed, told the publication that the man sent an email to the company to express criticism of how his requests was handled. He hinted that he might harm himself, the unnamed person said.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide was the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States in 2013, with 41,149 people committing suicides that year.
Amazon is believed to be a difficult employer. Last year, The New York Times published a story in which the publication described a “bruising workplace” where employees are asked to harshly critique their peers.