CNBC reported, on November 15, 2021, that Amazon reached a settlement with California’s attorney general over claims it concealed Covid cases from warehouse workers.
As part of the agreement, which is still awaiting court approval, Amazon will step up its Covid safety measures, including notifying workers within one day of new Covid cases.
Additionally, Amazon must notify local health officials within 48 hours and pay $500,000 towards additional enforcement of California consumer protection laws.
The company has agreed to notify warehouse workers within one day of new Covid cases, as well as provide the exact number of cases in their workplace, California State Attorney General.
While the Amazon spokesperson, Barbara Agrait states that “there’s no change to, nor allegations of any problems with, the Amazon COVID protocol related to notifying employees who may have been exposed to COVID.” The Attorney General, Robert Bonta has a different view on how the company notified the employees by stating that Amazon “inadequately notified the warehouse workers and local health agencies of COVID case numbers” thus “often leaving them in the dark and unable to effectively track the spread of the virus.”
In one of their warehouses Amazon had failed to notify the employees who had come in contact with positive COVID cases. The company even said that they believed their COVID safety protocols were “more than adequate.”
Last year, then-California Attorney General Xavier Becerra opened a probe into Amazon’s treatment of warehouse workers during the pandemic. California’s division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration also fined Amazon last October for coronavirus safety violations at two warehouses in the state. At one site, Amazon didn’t notify contracted delivery drivers of confirmed cases, the citation said. Amazon said that at the time, they had believed their COVID safety measures were “more than adequate.”
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