Feb 12, 2021

Amazon sues NY amid threat of virus labour lawsuit

Amazon has sued New York's top prosecutor over her probe of the firm's response to Covid-19 safety concerns, including its firing of workers who spoke out with concerns. The company said Attorney General Letitia James was applying "An inconsistent and unfair" standard for workplace safety to Amazon. In its complaint, Amazon said Ms James lacked oversight over the workplace issues, which it said are governed by national labour laws. Amazon said Ms James had threatened to sue unless the company met a list of demands, including reducing production speeds, subsidised bus service and reinstating Mr Smalls. "Amazon cannot accept the OAG's attempt to subject Amazon to an inconsistent and unfair standard for workplace safety that is pre-empted by federal law and assigned to the primary jurisdiction of federal regulators - especially when the underlying facts show that Amazon has done an exemplary job responding to an unprecedented global pandemic," the firm said in the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Brooklyn.

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