Amazon settles California lawsuit over its inadequate COVID-19 notifications

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Amazon reached an agreement with the California Attorney General’s Office in connection with the lawsuit alleging that its COVID-19 notifications were inadequate.

On Monday, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the settlement agreement in which Amazon agreed to stop its “harmful labor practices that concealed COVID-19 case numbers” from local health agencies and its warehouse workers.

California’s allegations against Amazon

Attorney General Bonta filed a lawsuit against the e-commerce giant for allegedly failing to comply with the state’s labor code particularly section 6409.6, subdivision (a)(1), which requires employers to issue written notices to workers about potential exposure to COVID-19. It also requires employers to notify local health agencies regarding the number of COVID-19 cases, within 48 hours or one business day.  It also requires employers to inform workers about COVID-19 related benefits.

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The California Attorney General alleged that Amazon failed to issue its COVID-19 notifications within one business day. Its notifications were also incomplete as the e-commerce giant did not specify the total number of COVID-19 cases.