SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced a ruling Monday demanding Amazon end harmful labor practices that hid COVID-19 case numbers from employees and pay $500,000.
The ruling also requires the company to provide vital workplace protection information in accordance with California’s Right to Know Act, Assembly Bill 685 (AB 685), drafted by Assembly Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes and signed. by Gov. Gavin Newsom in September.
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The first ruling of its kind requires Amazon to stop hiding COVID-19 case numbers from employees, in addition to providing existing information about workplace protections.
The complaint alleged that Amazon had not adequately informed warehouse workers and local health authorities about the numbers of COVID-19 cases, often leaving them in the dark and unable to effectively monitor the spread of the virus, the attorney’s office said. general.
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“As the company enjoyed booming and historic sales with its share price doubling, Amazon failed to adequately inform warehouse workers and local health authorities about the numbers of COVID-19 cases, often leaving them unable to effectively monitor the spread of the virus,” Bonta told a news conference Monday morning in San Francisco.
“Amazon’s practices led to employees not knowing whether they may have been exposed to two, 20 or even 200 cases of COVID 19,” he added. “As a result, many employees were understandably terrified and powerless to make informed decisions to protect themselves and their loved one.”
As part of the determined ruling, Amazon will amend its COVID-19 notifications to employees and local health authorities, submit to monitoring regarding its COVID-19 reports, and pay $500,000 for further enforcement of California’s consumer protection laws.
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“AB 685 is an example of how we can work together when a problem arises to protect workers and hold employers accountable,” said Eloise Gómez Reyes, General Assembly leader, in the press release. “When this bill was considered in the state legislature and after it became law, we heard the stories from this state of workers who were unaware of exposure to COVID-19 and had to work in conditions that compromised the safety of this highly contagious disease. was an afterthought.”