Amazon has entered into a settlement with the California State Prosecutor’s Office in a case that “misinforming” employees about new COVID-19 cases. The American giant is to pay $ 500,000.
California has accused Amazon of violating the state’s right-to-know law requiring the company to keep employees informed of COVID-19 spread, safety plans and coronavirus-related benefits.
Attorney General Rob Bonta said that by keeping tens of thousands of warehouse workers in the dark, the internet e-commerce giant prevented them from effectively tracking the spread of the virus.
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“Amazon, which is enjoying a historic and sales boom by doubling the price of its auctions on the stock exchange, inappropriately notifies warehouse workers and local sanitation agencies about the number of COVID-19 cases. Employers often left employees unaware of the epidemic. .) “- said Rob Bonta to journalists. For this reason, he added, “many workers were afraid and could not make informed decisions to protect their loved ones.”
Amazon employs around 150,000 people in California. employees. As part of the settlement, Amazon has committed to informing local sanitation agencies within 48 hours of new COVID-19 cases in the company, and employees within the day. In turn, half a million dollars of fine is to be allocated to implementing the state’s consumer protection law.
Amazon has pleaded not guilty to the violation, but agreed to a settlement. “We are pleased that the case has been resolved and that the attorney general has not found any significant security issues in our buildings,” Amazon spokeswoman Barbara Agrait said in a statement.
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