Amazon Sues New York Attorney General Over COVID-19 Regulations

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The New York City Attorney General Letitia James vs Amazon
The New York City Attorney General Letitia James vs Amazon

Amazon Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) filed a lawsuit against Letitia James the New York State (NYS) Attorney General (AG) on Friday. The tech giant argued that Mrs. Letitia exceeded her authority when she tried to penalize Amazon for alleged failures in the pandemic safety protocols and workers treatment. The company filed the lawsuit on February 12 in Brooklyn federal court.

The Seattle-based tech giant said that AG Letitia’s office has threatened to file a lawsuit if Amazon fails to accomplish a list of demands that the NYS Attorney General’s office provided them. The list of demands included reducing production targets of workers in the company’s warehouses and supporting public bus service.

Consequently, Amazon asked for a court order that would block the NYC AG from regulating Amazon’s actions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the company added that workers who protested about working conditions are the federal government’s responsibility.

“Amazon has been intensely focused on COVID-19 safety and has taken extraordinary, industry-leading measures grounded in science, above and beyond government guidelines and requirements, to protect its associates from COVID-19,” Amazon said in its complaint.