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soon thafr it was published about the treatment of black employees in amazon. a senior correspondent spoke to ten black employees who said they face direct and insidious bias that harms their careers and personal lives. >> there's awful experiences miut a employee who had a manager from another team it will tell her sort of unprompted that he is sure his ancestors had slaves at one point butwell. >> reporter: it was reported that internal amazon data shows that black corporate employees are promoted less frequently and rated more harshly. we were told, we work hard to make amazon a company where our black employees and i'm of all backgrounds feel included,
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respected and they do not tolerate discrimination or hara har harassment in any form. >> they have to have it show up in how employees are being treated. >> reporter: newman said for her, it went beyond racial discrimination and unfair pay. in her lawsuit, she said that management engaged in repeated sexual harassment including incidents of inappropriate, unwelcomed touching and sexual assault. she said that she was groped by a manager at a work function. >> he put his hand on my thigh, and began to like rub and kind of caress my thigh and move up my leg and i froze. and was just completely embarrassed and just stunned at like such a brazen act. you know, all of the time spent ensuring that you know, i'm
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coming in to worker an and bein professional, to be reduced to that was difficult. >> reporter: the alleged incident happened in 2018, but newman said that she did tnot report it until last year. she told us she confronted the manager. >> repor >> ihi gravity, but he chose to put his hands on me again. he demonstrated that he is a predator. >> reporter: what happened the second time? >> again, i was at work with colleagues. this was off site and i was getting ready on leave and he grabbed my braids and he made like an off hand comment about like, you can leave these here. >> reporter: why did you decide to stay at amazon? >> i think all too often the brunt of sexual harassment and discrimination falls on the victim. and i felt why should i be the
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one to leave one of the biggest, fastest growing companies in the world. >> reporter: and an amazon spokes person told cbs news, we do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of any kind. we immediately investigated the claim and fired her harass er. they added we also reviewed her interview process leveling and onboarding and determined she was properly placed in the company. can things get better for you? >> i hope they get better for all employees. i was coming here and i was thinking of a quote that says, struggle never ends. you constantly fight for freedom. and that every generation essentially has to do that. >> reporter: that was michelle miller reporting and amazon spokes person tells cbs news, the investigation in to the alleged sexual harassment
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to march 21st, for those living on the border the end can't come soon muenough, and one of the areas we paid a visit. >> reporter: covid had a hard time finding its way to point roberts washington. there's been only one confirmed case here since the pandemic began. it is remote on a map point roberts looks like it should be part of canada, except, that this little finger tip dangles below the 49th parallel wi, officially making it part of the united states. >> we call it pretend america, the world's largest gated community. >> reporter: he is kidding, sort of. the only way for americans to get to the rest of the u.s. by land is a 24 mile drive through canada. that means getting past two international border guards. >> that's been our primary access to our country is through another country and it's been
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built that way. >> keep moving with purpose. >> reporter: as the fire chief, chris carlton is organizing a thousand vaccines for the residents here. that's the good news. the bad news is that in keeping with u.s. and canadian covid travel restrictions, without an essential reason, no one vaccinated or not, drives in or out of point roberts anymore. >> i know communities across the united states are suffering. but because of our geographical oddity, we have been disproportionately affected. >> reporter: if you have a plane, you could fly off, this is what passes for airport. they try to ferry too, but because of choppy seas it cannot sometimes make the crossing. and when it does, then what? >> having to rent a car when you get there, and taxis and ubers and a lot in my community don't have the funds to do that. >> reporter: despite the difficulties getting in and out,
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the canadian officials say the border restrictions are justified because the residents have post of everything that you need. >> they say you are sort of self is sufficient. >> that's a lie. >> reporter: but they say it though, right? >> for someone who has never been here -- canada, this is the united states. >>. >> reporter: that's the director of the point chamber of commerce. >> we have no doctors here, or vets here. no medical facilities like a drug store. we have a list of more things we don't have compared to everyone else than what we do have. >> reporter: but what they have in bun dabundance is beauty. something nearby canadianss can not resist, now, all they can do is come to the invisible boundary, in this this case, marked by small yellow barricades and look across. >> i was hopeful in the beginning. >> reporter: that's where we met
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maggie. so this curb, it may as well with be a 40 foot wall. >> exactly. >> reporter: she owns the co the. tage a stone's throw, and so do a lot of other canadianss, you can tell which ones because they have not been able to tend to their properties for a year. >> it's devastating. i miss it like a family member that i have not seen in over a year. truly. >> reporter: cross border commerce is the life blood of point roberts making up as much as 85% 54 the businesses here. >> my credit card think i have died and gone to heaven, i have not used it down here. >> reporter: without canadians, this little corner of america -- >> there's some days we don't have a single customer. >> reporter: beth calder runs a package receiving business here. canadians can avoid expensive international shipping fees by picking them up across the
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border instead. but for almost a year those same packages have sat orphaned, some 2,000 of them. what does it do to your business? >> it's crippling. i had to layoff 8 of the 10 staff instantly as soon as the borderer closed. >> reporter: and canadians crossed the border for cheaper prices on eggs and milk. that is in part at least why point robert's only grocery store is this big. owner alley haden thought about closing and she knew she could not. >> if i close, there's no access to food for anyone. >> thanks. >> we have to take care of the people who live here. >> reporter: some have moved already for good. this used to be a busy street along the border. not far away, the gas stations are empty. restaurants are shuttered. we found a bank that had left. it's a ghost town.
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>> it's a ghost town. sdp >> reporter: and the bald eagle golf club, they tend to the empty fairways and bunkers in the hopes that one day, their town will be out of the rough, but it has to happen soon. how many people do you normally get? >> usually around 20,000 a year. >> reporter: and this year? >> none. i know, it's sad. >> reporter: the longer this goes on, the fewer people we are going to have, they have to move for unemployment because there's nonhere. how long can it last? >> until we run out of people period. >> reporter: point roberts is a lifestyle as much as a destination. residents pride themselves on their independence. so, if they ask for a hand, theically really need it. the fear though, at least in the age of covid is that they may be shouting in to the wilderness. >> we can weather almost anything in our community. we are extremely resilient overall, and that comes with a, you know, a double sided sword,
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right? because sometimes, you can be resilient to the point that other people forget that you are here.
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tomorrow marks a year answer the world health organization declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a pandemic, as r managed to find love in the new era of social distancing. >> reporter: this is the worst year for dating bar none. movie, none, and restaurants with all the ambiance of a parking meter. but here, along the banks of the hudson river in up state new york, we found a couple of singles who are making it work despite the pandemic. >> wait a minute, get the glasses out -- >> reporter: and awkward eye wear. >> that is it for the week. >> reporter: john and his girlfriend be, joy, are both 94.
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each widowed twice and each determined to find love yet again. they are now vaccinated but had to be in a bubble most of the year. t did you ever think it was too hard? >> she was this is worth it, but it was a pain in the neck. >> reporter: pete is john's son. >> they would call every dayun me way. >> hold my hand. >> reporter: what it took, long drives to nowhere, batting balloons around the house and a whole lot of selflessness. >> she bought me a walker. >> reporter: she bought you a walker? >> $159, i think. told you, she had money, she did it have it and then bought me a walker. he bght her a little than once.
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>> dozens. >> dozens. >> reporter: dozens? what made you finally say yes? >> when we had snow days this year and i didn't come up here, i missed him. >> reporter: this week, john and joy held a rehearsal for their spring wedding, it will be the silk purse at the end of the sow's year. all possible because these romantics realized early on, that a good date is nothing more than good company. >> there are ice flows right out in the middle there. in fact, there's a whole line of them. >> reporter: on the ro, in kingston, new york. >> and that's the overnight news for this wednesday, for some of you the news continues, for others check back later for cbs this morning and follow us online all the typeime at cbs news.com. reporting from the nation's capitol.
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it's wednesday, march 10th, 2021. this is the morning news. homestretch. president biden's massive relief package nears passage. how soon he could sign the measure. royal response. queen elizabeth is no longer silent. her biggest concern following oprah's sit-down with prince harry and meghan markle. cars -- oh, my god. we've had at least six or seven -- >> wild police chase. officers try to stop a driver who slams into other cars who slams into other cars putting lives in danger. captioning funded by cbs good morning. good to be with you.

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