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NY AG sues Amazon for failing to protect warehouse workers from coronavirus

Feb 18, 2021 6:29 am

Jay Greene is reporting for The Washington Post the state Attorney General Letitia James on Feb. 16, sued Amazon on behalf of the state of New York, accusing the e-commerce giant of “repeatedly and persistently” failing to provide adequate protection to its warehouse workers in Queens and Staten Island. The company’s “flagrant disregard for health and safety requirements” at the facilities “threatened serious illness and grave harm” to workers, James alleged in the suit filed in New York Supreme Court. The case also alleges Amazon disregarded crucial workplace safety measures such as physical distancing requirements and providing employees time to properly maintain sanitary work stations. “Amazon has cut corners in complying with the particular requirements that would most jeopardize its sales volume and productivity rates, thereby ensuring outsize profits at an unprecedented rate of growth for the company and its shareholders,” according to the suit. Amazon rebutted the AG’s claims, referencing its own legal filing in a New York federal court last week, which argued that James lacks the legal authority to regulate workplace safety issues. The company said in the fall that almost 20,000 of its U.S. employees had tested positive, or had been presumed positive, for the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic. Read the full story in The Washington Post.