Amazon has been ordered to pay a superb of $500,000 for hiding the variety of COVID-19 cases at its California workplaces from workers. First reported by the Los Angeles Times, the corporate agreed to pay the superb and enhance the way in which it tracks cases and notifies workers and native well being businesses. Amazon should additionally inform its warehouse workers in California of the “actual variety of new COVID-19 cases of their workplaces” when cases come up.
California legal professional common Rob Bonta mentioned in a press release that the penalty comes after a criticism filed in opposition to Amazon alleged that the corporate didn’t correctly notify warehouse workers and native well being businesses about new COVID-19 cases “typically leaving them at nighttime and unable to successfully monitor the unfold of the virus.”
That is the primary superb associated to California’s COVID “right to know” (AB 685) legislation, which was handed final 12 months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the LA Occasions reported. Underneath the legislation, employers are required to alert workers who have been probably uncovered to COVID-19 inside in the future, and should additionally report COVID-19 case numbers to native well being businesses inside 48 hours in the event that they “meet the definition of a COVID-19 outbreak.”
“As our nation continues to battle the pandemic, it’s completely essential that companies do their half to defend workers now — and particularly throughout this vacation season,” Bonta mentioned within the press launch. “Californians have a proper to know about potential exposures to the coronavirus to defend themselves, their households, and their communities.”
Amazon was criticized for its treatment of workers all through the pandemic. Final March, Michigan warehouse workers have been angered when Amazon failed to notify them that their coworker had COVID-19, in the meantime, workers in New York staged walkouts in response to Amazon’s dealing with of the pandemic. The corporate refused to say what number of of its warehouse workers have been sick throughout the nation, solely to ultimately disclose a number in October of 2020. As vaccines have become available to nearly everybody, Amazon lifted mask mandates for vaccinated workers and plans to let corporate workers return to the office in 2022.