Amazon was sued on Wednesday for poor control of the new crown outbreak,media reported. The plaintiffs allege that the company failed to provide a safe working environment, causing at least one employee to infect his family with the virus, which infected him and caused the death of one of its cousins. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, is of plaintiff sits with three employees and their families at the JFK8 Order Fulfillment Center on Amazon Staten Island.
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Barbara Chandler, an employee, said she tested positive for the new coronary pneumonia virus in March and later became ill with several family members, including a cousin who died on April 7.
The lawsuit says the JFK8 fulfillment center, which employs about 5,000 employees, has become a “dangerous place” because of Amazon’s obstruction of anti-epidemic measures and increased productivity at the expense of employee safety.
Amazon, they say, forces employees to “work at high speeds, even if doing so prevents them from maintaining social distance, washing their hands and sterilizing their stations.” “
Amazon has yet to comment.
Seattle-based Amazon has benefited from the outbreak, which has forced many consumers to shop in brick-and-mortar stores and has been forced to choose online shopping channels.
But unions, elected officials and some employees have criticized Amazon’s treatment of employees and even fired some who criticized the warehouse environment.
Jeff Bezos, the company’s chief executive, said last week that Amazon had not fired employees for fear of criticism, but that such criticism could not be used as an excuse for violations unrelated to the outbreak.
Amazon spent more than $800m on fighting the epidemic in the first half of this year, including buying cleaning supplies, thermometers and masks.
At least 800 U.S. logistics center employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus, according to an unofficial count.
Amazon had 798,000 full-time and part-time employees at the end of 2019.
Wednesday’s lawsuit wants the court to issue an injunction that would force Amazon to comply with employee safety and public safety regulations and not punish employees for developing symptoms of new coronary pneumonia or being quarantined.