Lawsuit against Amazon with Allegation of Failing to Protect Its Staff from COVID Moved Back to NY state court
Request of the New York attorney general to transfer a lawsuit against Amazon back to New York state court has finally been granted by a federal judge.
An allegation by AG Letitia James’ lawsuit against Amazon that the e-commerce giant failed to guard its staff at its Brooklyn and Staten Island warehouses from COVID in the early period of the pandemic, and hit on employees whoever laid complaint on the lack of safety measures.
Amazon had requested the case be moved to federal court, with the argument that workplace safety matter were not under James’ jurisdiction. The company pre-emptively prosecuted James on February 12, and Amazon sued by James 4 days later. Then Amazon transferred the lawsuit to federal court.
“Amazon has compelled its staff to work in precarious conditions all through this pandemic,” James mentioned in a statement after Jed Rakoff’s, the United States District Judge, order. “We are happy with the decision made today allowing this case to be heard in state court, that’s actually where it belongs.”
The ruling didn’t take cognizant of the benefits of the lawsuit, which speaks for better conditions for staff and also damages for 2 Amazon staff who voiced out that the ecommerce giant stroke them back.
Workers ho are situated at Amazon’s JKF8 warehouse in Staten Island had stated that they were not given necessary protective apparatus last March. Amazon sacked many staff who had protested the conditions, this includes Chris Smalls, the organizer of the walkout.
In that period, James had referred Smalls’ termination “disgraceful” and had pushed the case be investigated by the National Labor Relations Board.
Amazon had on the other hand stated that, at the time, the staff “were not fired for publicly condemning the working conditions” but for flouting safety policies.