The claim that Amazon.com Inc. has made "billions during this pandemic that relies on the workforce of key workers," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Monday in a statement in Sacramento County Superior Court requesting that the court order the online company to follow outstanding investigative lawsuits regarding the protection of COVOD-19 workers.
The State petition alleges that Amazon has failed to comply with legal requests for information as part of an ongoing investigation into the company's coronavirus protocols and the status of COVID-19 cases at Amazon facilities across the state.
"It is crucial to know whether these workers receive the protection at work to which they are entitled under the law … Amazon has been delayed in responding sufficiently to our inquiries long enough," Justice Minister Becerra said in a statement.
After months of informal communication with Amazon seeking information on health and safety measures at the workplace, the California Department of Justice issued investigative summonses on August 1
The lawsuits seek specific details about the nature and extent of Amazon's coronavirus prevention efforts, including on sick leave and cleaning procedures, as well as raw data on the number of infections and deaths at their state facilities. So far, Amazon has failed to respond satisfactorily and has missed several additional opportunities to follow the Attorney General's request for information, according to the statement.
Amazon did not return requests for comment.
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