- The AG said that she will not be intimidated by people especially corporate bullies who are focused on making profits instead of minding their workers’ health and safety.
- Amazon has continually stated that it has implemented all the set safety protocols I an effort to protect its workers from coronavirus
- Amazon came to the limelight last year in March when it fired a warehouse worker Chris Smalls who had organized a strike
Amazon.com Inc has sued New York’s Attorney General Letitia James. In the complaint that was filed at Brooklyn federal court, Amazon accuses the Attorney General of overstepping her boundaries. In the suit, Amazon wants the Attorney General to regulate safety measures at work places.
The charge aims at stopping the state from filing a law suit the company’s early response to the coronavirus pandemic. The company said that the Attorney General’s office has been investigating safety concerns raised by its employees and alleged that the Ms. James had threatened to sue them.
However, the Attorney General said she was still reviewing her legal options. She argued that the lawsuit was an attempt to cause a distraction from the accusation of the company’s failure to protect hardworking employees from the deadly coronavirus.
Ms. James said that she will not be intimidated by people especially corporate bullies who are focused on making profits instead of minding their workers’ health and safety.
Amazon came to the limelight last year in March when it fired a warehouse worker Chris Smalls who had organized a strike protesting against safety measures at one of the company’s facility in Staten Island.
The company claimed to have fired Smalls for not observing social distancing while working but the attorney general said that the company’s action was uncalled for and disgraceful. After being fire Smalls vowed to continue with the fight for the rights of the workers.
In November Smalls filed a lawsuit against Amazon accusing it of violating federal civil rights law by firing him and also risking the lives of other workers during the pandemic.
This is not the first time that the company faces criticism over termination of its workers. Amazon allegedly fired another worker in one of its warehouse. The US National Labor Relations Board in December confirmed that the termination of Gerald Bryson was illegal.
Amazon has continually stated that it has implemented all the set safety protocols in an effort to protect its workers from coronavirus. The measures include running temperature checks, performing Covid-19 tests, enforcing social distancing though posters and plans to administer vaccines.
The company has insisted on carrying onsite testing for the virus. It revealed on Thursday that more than one million employees from about 700 testing sites have undergone the test.
Amazon also said that it is reviewing a possible of having a wearable device that will sound an alert when people get close to each other. The device has already been tested.
The company has suffered numerous strikes protesting unsafe working condition in its facilities. The countries that have had protests against Amazon are Poland, France, Italy and Spain.
According to Amazon more than 19,800 of its workers contracted Covid-19 last year. The country attributed this to the high demand of goods from people who were stuck in their homes. Amazon was forced to keep its facilities open in order to satisfy the needs of the customers hence the huge number of infections.