A federal jury convicted former Amazon employee James William Hill III of a hate crime on Tuesday (23 January).
In May 2015, he attacked a co-worker at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chester, Virginia. According to reports, Hill, 36, admitted to the assault because he thought the co-worker was gay. He hit the employee in the face three to five times in the packing department.
Originally, the judge dismissed the case, but the government appealed that decision.
A spokesperson for the United States Attorney’s office commented on the case.
‘Evidence showed that Hill assaulted the co-worker because of the co-worker’s perceived sexual orientation,’ they said.
Hill also reportedly admitted to disliking people who are gay.
He ‘further stated that people who are gay should expect to be assaulted because of their sexual orientation’.
A judge will sentence Hill at a later date. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
In August, a couple sued Amazon for ‘cruel and persistent’ anti-transgender discrimination.