Amazon.com Inc.'s policies to protect workers during the pandemic are being reviewed by California Atty. Gene. Xavier Becerra after a lawsuit.
The investigation was unveiled on Monday in the case of an employee picking from an Amazon grocery store and accusing the company of not doing enough to protect personnel, including device disinfection and maintaining social distance. A California judge in San Francisco refused to comply with the employee's request to temporarily close the camp.
The San Francisco Department of Health and the California Department of Health and Safety at Work have also launched an investigation, as judge Ethan Schulman of the San Francisco County Supreme Court ruled.
Although Amazon earmarked $ 800 million for safety measures such as masks, disinfectants, and temperature checks in the first half of the year, employees continue to protest against what they consider to be unsafe working conditions, and some have allegedly brought retaliation from Amazon for speaking out.
New York Atty. General Letitia James is investigating the March layoff of Amazon warehouse workers who demonstrated at the company's warehouse in Staten Island, New York. A warehouse worker in Shakopee, Minnesota, complained to the attorney general that Amazon had spoken out against her because she spoke about workplace safety by warning her in writing that she only needed a three minute break. Amazon has denied any retaliation.
Becerra's office declined to comment, and Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Schulman said he had rejected the warehouse manager's application for injunction because the Becerra office and the two law enforcement agencies have the technical expertise to review Amazon's response to governmental and local health and safety requirements, and To take action. San Francisco health officials inspected the facility in mid-July and "found no recent violations," said Schulman.
Amazon earlier told the court that it is taking steps to improve workplace safety over time as health risks and regulatory requirements change. These measures include the appointment of a caretaker for daily cleaning and the creation of protocols for the regular cleaning of common devices such as freezer suits and baskets, the company said in its file.
"Amazon could undoubtedly improve its health and safety practices," said Schulman. “And at least in retrospect, it could have worked faster in the past to develop and implement these practices. But perfection is not the standard. "
Reuters previously reported on the investigation.