According to the court’s decision, the company must “stop malicious practices, as a result of which information about the number of infected was withheld from employees.”
Amazon will pay the state of California half a million dollars as part of a settlement agreement for violating the law, according to which companies are required to inform their employees about new cases of coronavirus infection in the workplace. This was reported by The Hill newspaper on Tuesday.
“During the pandemic, Amazon, as alleged in the complaint, failed to properly inform warehouse workers and local health authorities about the number of COVID-19 cases,” the California Attorney General’s office said. According to the “first of its kind” court decision, the company must “stop malicious practices, as a result of which information about the number of infected was withheld from employees.” However, the court has yet to approve the settlement agreement.
The corresponding law on the “right to information” was adopted in California in 2020. It also obliges employers to provide employees with information about existing additional payments due to the pandemic. As it is written on the Prosecutor General’s website, the compensation will be aimed at maintaining consumer protection laws. In addition to her, the online retailer promised to fix the employee notification system.
Amazon said the situation was caused by a “legal formality specific to the state of California.” A representative of the company assured that they were happy to “settle the issue” and that no significant problems with their protocols for combating coronavirus had been identified. Employees who could have been in contact with the infected were notified properly, the company said.