The state of New York filed a lawsuit against Amazon for breaching security rules against the covid-19. According to Attorney General Letitia James, the company would have failed to monitor the transmission of the virus among staff members and failed to sanitize two of its facilities.
As the filing documents indicate, Amazon registered 250 infected employees, 90 of whom worked the previous week. The prosecution maintains that the monitoring failure could not have occurred if the company interviewed employees, instead of using only security cameras to map potential infected people.
The company would also have broken state laws by failing to isolate or clean the facilities where the infected employees were located. “Amazon’s extreme profits and exponential growth rate have cost the lives, health and safety of its frontline workers,” argued James during the New York Supreme Court complaint.
Amazon accused of retaliating against employees
As if that were not enough, the state of New York also claimed that officials were allegedly penalized for complaining about the violations. The highlight, in this case, was for employee Chistian Smalls who, according to the prosecution, was fired after leading a protest against Amazon at a warehouse on Staten Island.
In response, the sales giant argued that Smalls was fired for attending the demonstration while on leave to be quarantined. However, James countered that two other employees said he had not entered the warehouse and had not been informed that he should remain at the premises where he was.
Company denies accusations
Last week, Amazon filed for an injunction to suspend the lawsuit. “We do not believe that the attorney general’s office has presented an accurate picture of Amazon in the face of the pandemic,” Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Nantel told the New York Times, adding that the company “cares a lot about health and safety. “of your employees.