Lawsuit argues Amazon failed to supply PPE to workers amid a pandemic

Amazon was recently hit by a lawsuit alleging that one of its employees was wrongly terminated.

A former employee of the Amazon warehouse recently charged the company with allegations against Amazon. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon Black and Latinx employees did not provide personal protective equipment.” Additionally, the lawsuit argues that the company “did not adequately protect its warehouse workers and violate elements of New York City Human Rights Act as well as federal and has violated state laws “.

The former employee is Christian Smalls. Commenting on the suit, Smalls said:

“I was a loyal worker and gave everything for Amazon until I just quit and, like yesterday’s rubbish, was thrown aside because I insisted that Amazon protect its dedicated employees from COVID-19. I just wanted Amazon to clean up workers and the workplace. “

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So far, Amazon has fought the allegations, and Lisa Levandowski, a company spokeswoman, said:

“Amazon’s mission is to be the most customer-centric company in the world. This mission is central to our work on diversity and inclusion. Different teams help us to think bigger and differently about the products and services we develop for our clients and customers, to learn about the everyday nature of our workplace – this is reinforced by our 14 leadership principles, which remind team members to look for different perspectives and being curious and constantly gaining the trust of others. “

The latest lawsuit caught the attention of Rev. Jesse Jackson, who also interfered in the matter, saying:

“COVID-19 has disproportionately affected black and brown communities on so many levels, from warehouses to prisons. It is an invisible enemy killing our communities. Chris’ case is a classic example of how corporate greed and insensitivity can literally expose communities to immeasurable and unnecessary risk. “

What happened? What prompted the lawsuit? To begin with, the lawsuit alleged that Smalls was terminated by Amazon in March after it organized a “strike at one of the company’s fulfillment centers in Staten Island.” As a result of the termination, the New York Attorney General is investigating whether “Amazon has violated federal occupational safety and whistleblower protection laws of New York State by firing Smalls.”

When asked whether the allegations in the lawsuit were true, another Amazon spokesman said the company had “not fired Smalls to organize a protest … Instead, he fired him for compromising the health and safety of others.” violated his terms of employment. “The spokesman added:

“Mr. Smalls received several warnings for violating social distancing guidelines. It was also found that he was in close contact with a diagnosed employee with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and asked to be paid for 14 days Stay home. This is a measure that we take in places around the world. Despite this instruction to stay home with pay, he came on the spot and further endangered the teams.

Sources:

Amazon is on trial for failing to provide PPE to workers during a pandemic

Amazon fires warehouse workers who led the Staten Island strike for more coronavirus protection

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