FREMONT, CA: Amazon critics held protests outside nine warehouses nationwide demanding paid time off for all of the company’s 800,000 U.S. employees, blocking warehouse truck entrances at multiple locations for up to an hour and a half.

Amazon has fallen behind a slew of major corporations that announced plans to provide their employees with paid time off to vote, including Walmart, Apple, and Coca-cola. According to critics of Amazon, the workers should not suffer a financial penalty for voting, especially at a tech giant like Amazon. Amazon has provided all their employees information on how to register to vote, details of their local polling locations and how to request that time off to vote if needed.

Most states require companies to provide time off for their employees to vote, but only some states mandate that businesses compensate workers while they are off the job. As of August 2020, more than700 companies had joined a nonpartisan organization called Time to Vote, which since 2018 has asked companies to provide time off to vote for their employees. Meanwhile, over 875 companies have signed a commitment to guarantee paid time off to employees for voting, including Lyft and Shake Shak.