Bulletin
Investor Alert

Market Pulse Archives

June 3, 2020, 8:56 p.m. EDT

Amazon warehouse employees sue company over possible exposure to coronavirus: report

new
Watchlist Relevance
LEARN MORE

Want to see how this story relates to your watchlist?

Just add items to create a watchlist now:

  • X
    Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)

or Cancel Already have a watchlist? Log In

By Jon Swartz

AMZN

Three Amazon.com Inc. /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN -0.64% warehouse employees sued the retail giant on Wednesday in New York, alleging working conditions put them and their families at risk of contracting the coronavirus. The suit, reported by Bloomberg, claims unsafe working conditions. One of the plaintiffs, Barbara Chandler, says she contracted the virus in March at Amazon's Staten Island, N.Y., distribution center, where employees "were explicitly or implicitly encouraged to continue attending work and prevented from adequately washing their hands or sanitizing their workstations." Chandler's cousin, whom she lived with, died after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the lawsuit alleges. "We are saddened by the tragic impact COVID-19 has had on communities across the globe, including on some Amazon team members and their family and friends," an Amazon spokesperson told MarketWatch in a statement. "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. We also invested $4 billion from April to June on COVID-related initiatives, including over $800 million in the first half of this year on safety measures like temperature checks, masks, gloves, enhanced cleaning and sanitization (sic), extended pay and benefits options, testing, and more. This includes two weeks paid leave for any COVID diagnosis or quarantine, and launching a $25 million fund to support our partners and contractors."

/zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 3,084.00
-20.00 -0.64%
Volume: 7.23M
July 14, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
147.32
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$1548.20 billion
Rev. per Employee
$359,671
loading...

Get news alerts on Amazon.com Inc. — or create your own.
This Story has 0 Comments
Be the first to comment
More News In
Industries

Story Conversation

Commenting FAQs »
Link to MarketWatch's Slice.