Amazon settles California claims it concealed COVID-19 cases from workers

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November 15 (Businesshala) – Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN.O) has reached an agreement with California to resolve hidden claims from warehouse workers and local health agencies about workers being infected with COVID-19. is the number, the state attorney general said Monday.

California accuses Amazon of violating a September 2020 state “right-to-know” law, Assembly Bill 685, which requires that it keep workers up to date about the spread of COVID-19, and safety plans. And provide information about the benefits related to coronavirus.

Attorney General Rob Bonta said by keeping thousands of warehouse workers, as well as agencies in the dark, the online retailing giant left them unable to effectively track the spread of the virus.

Under the agreement, Amazon agreed to alert California warehouse workers about the exact number of new COVID-19 cases in their workplaces within one day.

The Seattle-based company will also pay $500,000 to help enforce state consumer protection laws.

Amazon admitted no wrongdoing or liability in agreeing to the settlement, which was filed in California Superior Court in Sacramento and requires a judge’s approval.

“We are pleased that this has been resolved and that AG has not found any real problems with the security measures in our buildings,” Amazon spokeswoman Barbara Agritt said in an email.

At least 14 US states have adopted the comprehensive COVID-19 Worker Safety Protection, nonprofit national employment law project said in June.

Amazon has faced criticism elsewhere for its handling of COVID-19 in the workplace.

The company is appealing last month of a New York state judge refusing to dismiss a lawsuit by that state’s Attorney General Letitia James over worker safety at two fulfillment centers in New York City.

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Aurora Aliso

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