New York Attorney General Letitia James sued Amazon on Tuesday night, alleging the company repeatedly violated COVID-19 protocols amid the pandemic.
James’ lawsuit accuses two Amazon facilities of violating COVID protocols and unlawfully disciplining and firing employees who complained about the alleged violations. The suit follows an investigation into the facilities launched in March last year.
“While Amazon and its CEO made billions during this crisis, hardworking employees were forced to endure unsafe conditions and were retaliated against for rightfully voicing these concerns,” James said in a statement. “Since the pandemic began, it is clear that Amazon has valued profit over people and has failed to ensure the health and safety of its workers. The workers who have powered this country and kept it going during the pandemic are the very workers who continue to be treated the worst.”
“As we seek to hold Amazon accountable for its actions, my office remains dedicated to protecting New York workers from