Worries for Amazon as New York sues the American online giant!
Lettia James, the New York Attorney General, has, reportedly, filed a lawsuit against the US-based e-commerce firm for allegedly failing to protect its staff from the pandemic at Staten Island fulfillment centre and Queen distribution centre.
Amazon has also been accused of taking action against two of its employees who spoke and asked for better health protections.
More on this, the NY Attorney General said that in addition to forcing staff to work in an environment that was devoid of social distancing protocols, Amazon did not provide proper contact tracing.
Lettia added that no cleaning and sanitation protocols were provided by the e-commerce giant.
The Attorney General said Amazon had temporarily stopped productivity protocols that track employee’s speed during the shifts at the time of pandemic, without even communicating to employees in writing, before resuming.
Meanwhile, Amazon has said that it has taken extraordinary measures that are grounded in science and are above and beyond Government requirements to save the staff from the deadly pandemic.
As per company numbers, 19,816 Amazon employees had tested COVID-19 positive by October 2020, which the online firm said was 42 per cent lower than what it expected based on positivity rates within general population.
Amazon also said that it had informed its employees via email and other modes in July about the pause in its productivity protocols. It then reinstated them in October 2020, with adequate revisions to account for proper health procedures amongst its staff.
Amazon surely is putting efforts to combat the crisis, but is that enough – especially with cases continuing to rise in the US.