Amazon fined 500K dollar for failing to notify US workers about Covid cases

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Amazon fined $5 million for hiding the number of US employees’ Covid cases

San Francisco: Tech giant Amazon has been ordered to pay a $500,000 fine from employees for hiding the number of COVID-19 cases at its California workplaces. First reported by the Los Angeles Times, the company agreed to pay fines and improve the way cases are tracked and notify workers and local health agencies. As The Verge reports, Amazon should notify its warehouse employees in California of the “exact number of new COVID-19 cases in their workplaces” when cases emerge.

California Attorney General Rob Bonta said the fines came after a complaint filed against Amazon alleging that the company did not properly inform warehouse workers and local health agencies about new COVID-19 cases. . The LA Times reported that this is the first penalty related to California’s COVID ‘right to know’ (AB 685) law, passed last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the law, employers are required to alert workers who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 within one day and within 48 hours if they meet the definition of ‘COVID-19 outbreak’. Local health agencies should also report the number of COVID-19 cases. “As our country grapples with the pandemic, it is absolutely vital that businesses now play their part to protect workers, especially during this holiday season,” Bonta said.

“The people of California have a right to know about potential exposure to the coronavirus to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.” Amazon was criticized for its handling of workers during the pandemic. Last March, Michigan warehouse workers were outraged when Amazon failed to inform them that their co-worker had COVID-19.

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