Amazon’s atrocious treatment of warehouse workers is once again in the crosshairs of law enforcement. This time, New York Attorney General Leticia James presented a Proposal for a preliminary injunction Against an e-commerce giant that is asking state courts to compel it to adopt better protocols to protect its workers — and to re-hire a prominent warehouse worker who was fired on the same day he protested the terms.
This worker, Chris Smalls, was the first to appear in the news for organizing a general strike Protesting the company’s failure to provide protection for warehouse workers inside its facilities. Staten Island Warehouse, JFK8, is One of the largest companies It serves as the company’s main pipeline to New York City. Of course, the main warehouse location and huge scale did not prevent Amazon from hiring workers Crowded and unsafe conditionsEven with the emergence of positive cases of corona virus Accumulation in the facility.
On the same day this strike took place, Amazon Disqualified Smalls for – in the company’s words – “put teams at risk,” by ignoring social distancing guidelines. The company bothered to beef up worker protections just months later, after dozens of COVID-19 cases were confirmed across multiple facilities and at least one The warehouse worker died as a result.
but none of these (Honestly, half sure) The actions kept James away from the company’s return since, for the first time, it went down the path of war against the company. When Smalls was first fired, she was put down Permit Amazon called the move “disgraceful” and ordered an investigation into the precautions Amazon is taking to protect its employees from the virus. Then in February of this year, James shot Issue against Amazon for its “blatant disregard” for the health of its workers.
While the lawsuit is still ongoing (Amazon Failed To delete it last October, it looks like the investigation is finally over – and the results don’t look good. according to Permit James released Tuesday, the investigation revealed evidence that “Amazon’s health and safety response violated state law by failing to provide reasonable and adequate protections to employees,” by failing to implement an appropriate COVID-19 tracing program, and by following “cleaning and disinfection protocols” that was not About to snuff. James also claims that the company well-known invader Productivity control practices did not allow workers to take the precautions they might need to protect themselves from potential infection.
On top of all of that, James also claims that its investigation found evidence that Amazon “unlawfully fired untouchables and reported their concerns about the company’s compliance with these health and safety decisions.” Smalls included.
The motion presented in New York — which still needs a judge’s approval in order to pass — would not only require the reinstatement of Smalls. Amazon will also need to appoint a court-mandated controller to oversee some key safety reforms in its warehouses, including relaxing the ways it monitors worker productivity so workers can spend the time they need to social distance, wash their hands, or wear a dang mask.
We’ve reached out to Amazon for comment on the move but haven’t received a response. in a Permit To CNET, a company spokesperson responded to James’ accusations, saying the company is following OSHA guidelines and making an effort for its warehouse workers, incurring “more than $15” [billion]at costs to maintain the safety of its employees and customers.
“While we know we’re not perfect, we work hard every day to listen to experts and keep our teams and communities safe,” she said.