The e-commerce giant Amazon has filed a lawsuit against the New York state attorney general’s office, as a preventive effort to prevent legal action over the company’s managing the COVID-19 conditions at a Staten Island warehouse.
Amazon is seeking an order preventing the attorney general’s office from trying to exercise.
Amazon workers JKF8 warehouse said that the last month they didn’t have any essential protective equipment and were not informed when the co-workers tested positive for the virus.
The company fired several employees who protested the conditions, including those who organized a walkout in March.
Amazon said Smalls was fired for breach the social distancing guidelines, not for protesting.
Amazon said at the moment the workers were not terminated for talking publicly about working conditions.
In its ailment, Amazon argues that James’s office lacks the legal authority to demand legal remedies such as the surrender of profit, instead of claiming that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has authority over any workplace safety claims brought under New York labour laws.
In supplement, the lawsuit claims, the National Labor Relations Board would have authority over Smalls and other qualified employee’s claims of retaliation.
The case claims the Staten Island facility passed an inspection by the sheriff’s office of New York, which found the worker’s safety complaints were baseless.
As well as the company claims it conducts regular temperature checks, provides staggered shifts, and also promotes social distancing at the warehouse.
As the Amazon spokesperson said Friday that the complaint was very elaborate it was not providing further comment.
Throughout its second-quarter earnings announcement last April, Amazon spends $4 billion to deal with the impact of COVID-19, but complaints from Amazon’s warehouse and other Amazon workers continued.
A French court shut down Amazon’s warehouses in the country after the labour unions strike, the workers claim the company wasn’t doing enough to protect them from the virus.
And a responsible Amazon vice president resigned from the company, Amazon said in its fourth-quarter earnings report that the full-year 2020 net sales were up 38 percent to $386.1 billion.