World Business: Amazon has not succeeded to follow workplace safety rules during the pandemic. Moreover, avenge against warehouse workers who come out the concerns, New York claim in a lawsuit against the retail giant.
Amazon’s flaunting ignoring the health and safety requirement. It has caused serious illness and grave harm to the thousands of workers in these facilities. Consequently, it causes continuous important and specific danger to public health. Letitia James, the state’s attorney general, said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.
Amazon sued New York last week, claiming James was overstepping her authority in trying to regulate the company’s workplace safety responses.
Besides, Amazon said in its complaint, it was voluntarily exceeding “compliance requirements” with such measures as staggered shifts, rearranged break rooms, and work stations, and heightened cleaning protocols.
Lack of health awareness
In Tuesday’s complaint, James claims that since the start of the pandemic last March. The company is unable to do enough cleaning and disinfection.
Besides, they didn’t notify workers who have been in contact with infected colleagues. Lastly, no policies that have enough time for hygiene and social distancing.
“We care deeply about the health and safety of our employees, as demonstrated in our filing last week, and we don’t believe the Attorney General’s filing presents an accurate picture of Amazon’s industry-leading response to the pandemic,” Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel said in an emailed statement.
$130 billion in profits
Amazon gains a high profit by representing 35% growth from its pre-pandemic earnings. And there is a 10% higher growth rate than in prior years.
Amazon frontline workers have experienced significant risks of exposure to the virus.
The company fired one worker at its Staten Island warehouse and issued a written warning to another after they voiced concerns about pandemic safeguards, according to New York’s complaint
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