Warehouse workers are suing Amazon for putting their families at risk of coronavirus

published 04.06.2020 02:54

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The complaint, filed Wednesday by three Amazon workers at its JFK8 warehouse, alleges the company has erected a "a façade of compliance" to meet public health guidelines while simultaneously pressuring employees to report to work under unsafe conditions.

The result is that while "most New Yorkers have remained safe by complying with the state's stay-at-home order ... for JFK8 workers and their families, home has been a place of danger," the complaint said.

"From early March to May 1, we offered our employees unlimited time away from work, and since May 1 we have offered leave for those most vulnerable or who need to care for children or family members" Barbara Chandler was among the first confirmed cases of coronavirus at JFK8, according to the complaint.

And, according to the complaint, the extra pay is a fraction of what Amazon actually owes Chandler under its paid leave policy.

The complaint seeks a court order forcing Amazon to expand its leave policy, as well as to hand off its internal contact tracing efforts to a qualified third party.