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·         California orders Amazon to pay $500,000 for concealing COVID cases among workers

·         California says Amazon hid COVID outbreaks from workers, will pay $500,000

 

 

California orders Amazon to pay $500,000 for concealing COVID cases among workers

 

By Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times 

Nov. 15, 2021

 

California’s attorney general said Amazon conceals COVID-19 case numbers from its workers, and ordered the company to pay $500,000 toward better enforcement of state consumer protection laws, the first such action under the state’s new “right to know” law meant to improve workplace safety amid the pandemic.

 

Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta on Monday ordered the company to submit to monitoring and improve how it notifies workers and local health agencies of COVID cases in its workplaces. In a statement, the attorney general’s office said the measures come “at a crucial time for workers as Amazon’s peak holiday season approaches.”

 

“As our nation continues to battle the pandemic, it is absolutely critical that businesses do their part to protect workers now — and especially during this holiday season,” Bonta said in the statement. “Californians have a right to know about potential exposures to the coronavirus to protect themselves, their families, and their communities.”

 

The action against Amazon was issued in response to a complaint accusing the company of failures to notify warehouse workers and local health agencies of COVID-19 case numbers throughout the pandemic. It is part of a proposed judgement that is subject to court approval...

 

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https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-11-15/amazon-covid-outbreak-workplace-safety-right-to-know-penalty

 

 

California says Amazon hid COVID outbreaks from workers, will pay $500,000

“Californians have a right to know about potential exposures”

 

By John Woolfolk, Bay Area News Group

via East Bay Times (CA) - November 15, 2021

 

In what California officials are calling a national first, Amazon will pay a $500,000 and submit to state monitoring for failing to adequately notify warehouse workers and local health officials of COVID-19 outbreaks in the workplace.

 

Attorney General Rob Bonta said Monday the online retail giant violated a state law that requires employers to notify workers of COVID-19 cases at their worksites and report them to local health agencies. The company’s actions, he said, often left them in the dark and unable to effectively track the spread of the virus.

 

“Bottom line: Californians have a right to know about potential exposures to the coronavirus to protect themselves, their families, and their communities,” Bonta told reporters outside an Amazon warehouse in San Francisco. “This judgment sends a clear message that businesses must comply with this important law.”

 

The stipulated judgment, which is subject to court approval and comes as Amazon’s peak holiday season approaches,  requires that Amazon update COVID-19 notification policies and take actions to help protect workers.

 

That includes issuing notifications to its tens of thousands of warehouse workers that identify within one day the exact number of new COVID-19 cases in their workplaces. The company also must notifying local health agencies of COVID-19 cases within 48 hours...

 

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https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2021/11/15/amazon-hid-covid-outbreaks-from-workers-will-pay-500000/