Faust had surgery July 20 and reported to the Amazon warehouse with a doctor’s note saying she could return to work Aug. 17. When she arrived to deliver the note within a week of her surgery, she found out the doctor’s note wasn’t necessary.

“They said my assignment with them is terminated. I was just flabbergasted,” Faust said. “I devoted nearly a year of my life trying to get a job and that whole time was a waste. They kept me on and kept me on until I handed in that medical paper, and they said, ‘See ya.’ “

That was after the company started getting visits from OSHA.

The Morning Call also notes the relationship between a temp company called Integrity Staffing Solutions and Amazon. ISS does a lot of work for Amazon but doesn’t show up much in previous press clippings in Factiva:

ISS recruits temporary workers for positions at Amazon warehouses throughout the country. Recent job postings on the company’s website include positions in Hazleton, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Phoenix, Ariz., Las Vegas and Reno, Nev…

ISS has supervisors stationed in the Amazon warehouse to manage temporary workers, so contact between temporary employees and Amazon managers is minimal.

I’d like to read more about that company and its relationship with Amazon.

Another thing worth noting about this story is that it shows a newspaper taking on one of its hometown’s biggest employers at a time when jobs are scarce. That’s worth some points.

This, of course, is not just a Pennsylvania story. If this, and the Hershey’s fiasco last month, can happen in a relatively pro-labor state, what’s going on in the rest of the country?

So this is a call to all you reporters out there in Amazon towns. How does Amazon treat its workers in your town? Is Allentown a one-off or is this a systemic problem within the company?

Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu.