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New York State is suing Amazon for alleged worker safety failures during COVID-19

New York State is suing Amazon for alleged worker safety failures during COVID-19
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New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against Amazon in the state’s supreme court on Tuesday, claiming the company failed to protect its workers early on in the COVID-19 pandemic and also retaliated against employees who voiced concerns over what they felt were inadequate safety measures.

The news, reported yesterday by The New York Times, follows Amazon’s decision earlier this month to preemptively sue the New York AG’s office in an effort to prevent James from bringing charges, doing so by trying to have jurisdiction over its workplace safety measures in New York be deemed a federal issue not within the purview of the state AG.

“Amazon’s extreme profits and exponential growth rate came at the expense of the lives,…

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