Lawsuit against Amazon alleging it failed to protect workers from COVID-19 moved back to state court
A federal judge has given the ny attorney general’s petition to proceed a litigation against Amazon back to nyc state court, Reuters reported. A G Letitia James’ lawsuit alleges that the e commerce giant failed to protect workers in its Brooklyn and Staten Island warehouses from COVID-19 throughout early weeks of this pandemic, also retaliated against employees who whined about the absence of security precautions.
Amazon had hunted to have the instance moved to national court, asserting that workplace security problems weren’t under James’ purview. The business preemptively sued James on February 12th, also James sued Amazon four months after. Amazon then moved the litigation to national court.
“Amazon has driven its workers to job in dangerous conditions through the duration of this particular outbreak,” James said in a statement after US District Judge Jed Rakoff’s arrangement. “We’re delighted about the decision to allow this instance to be discovered in state court, where it goes”
The judgment didn’t deal with the merits of this litigation, which seeks complicated terms for workers and compensation to get 2 Amazon workers who state the business retaliated against them.
Employees at Amazon’s JKF8 warehouse at Staten Island said last March which they did not have mandatory protective equipment. Amazon fired several workers who whined that the states, for example Chris Smalls, who’d organized a walk out.
In the moment, James predicted Smalls’ shooting”disgraceful” and pushed for an investigation by the National Labor Relations Board. Amazon said during that very time that the workers”are not cancelled for speaking openly about working states” except also for violating safety coverages.
Amazon failed to instantly respond to a petition comment from GadgetClock on Saturday.
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