Amazon pays $500,000 to settle claims of hiding COVID-19 cases from employees

*The global tech giant will pay $500,000 to California in the United States to settle claims that it misleadingly hid COVID-19 cases from its warehouse workers in 2020

*Amazon is ‘glad to have this resolved,’ says Spokesperson

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

E-commerce giant Amazon has stated that it is reversing its earlier misstep on workplace protection for its personnel by improving its health safety measures and conforming to a state law requiring employees and local health agencies to be notified about workplace COVID-19 exposures within a business day in the country.

Now, Amazon will pay $500,000 to the state of California in the US to settle claims that it deceptively hid COVID-19 cases from its warehouse workers last year.

It was gathered the Big Tech employs about 150,000 people in State of California, the majority of them at fulfillment centres of the firm, as it recently, announced plans to add another 23,000 jobs in the state.

Recall earlier 2021, Amazon came under fire for a lack of Coronavirus-related protection for its employees in country.

However, when the company disclosed that 13 of its facilities had been affected by at least a COVID-19, there arose groundswell of criticism by workers, who disclosed they had faced pressure to work longer hours during the Coronavirus crisis, and hadn’t been offered protective gear, or screening for possible virus symptoms.

A clear message on workers’ ‘right to know’, says  Attorney-General Bonta

California Attorney-General Rob Bonta called Amazon out for “harmful labour practices” in the state’s judgement against the retailer.

The Attorney-General said that the e-commerce giant failed to provide key information on workplace protections as part of California’s “right-to-know” law.

Bonta charged the retailer of not allowing workers to effectively monitor the spread of the virus.

He stated: “As our nation continues to battle the pandemic, it is absolutely critical that businesses do their part to protect workers now — and especially during this holiday season.

“Bottom line: Californians have a right to know about potential exposures to the Coronavirus to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.

This judgement sends a clear message that businesses must comply with this important law. It helps protect us all.”

The agreement still has to get court approval, but Bonta said Amazon would notify local health agencies within 48 hours of new COVID-19 cases if all goes according to plan.

Meanwhile, Barbara Agrait, a Spokesperson for Amazon, in a statement said that the company was “glad to have this resolved and to see that the AG found no substantive issues with the safety measures in our buildings.”

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