Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general, is investigating Amazon’s worker protection policies during the outbreak. On Monday, an Amazon employee in charge of picking goods in the warehouse accused the company of not doing enough to protect employees, disinfecting equipment and maintaining social distance. Currently, judge Ethan Schulman of the San Francisco High Court has rejected the worker’s request to temporarily close the warehouse, saying that the San Francisco Department of public health and the California Department of occupational safety and health have launched an investigation into the safety of the warehouse.
the judge believed that the attorney general’s office and the two law enforcement agencies had technical expertise to examine and act on Amazon’s measures to protect workers’ safety and public health. He said San Francisco health officials visited the warehouse in mid July and “no violations were found.”. But he also said: “there is no doubt that there is still room for improvement in Amazon’s health and safety measures.”
although Amazon allocated $800 million in the first half of this year for epidemic safety protection, including masks, disinfectants and body temperature tests, workers continue to protest that the working environment is still not safe enough. Some workers also claimed that Amazon had retaliated for their protests.
Letitia James, the Attorney General of the state of New York, is also investigating the dismissal of Amazon warehouse workers who were held in a New York warehouse in Amazon in March. An Amazon warehouse worker in Minnesota also filed a complaint with the state attorney general, claiming that Amazon retaliated against her public talk about the safety of her work environment, gave her a written warning and asked her to reduce her rest time to three minutes. But Amazon has denied any retaliation.
Amazon has previously reported to the court that with the development of health risks and regulatory requirements, the company is taking measures to improve the safety of the workplace, including signing daily cleaning contracts with cleaning service companies and cleaning public equipment regularly.