Amazon is missing one legal challenge to worry about. An appeals court today dismissed a lawsuit brought by New York State Attorney General Letitia James against the company’s coronavirus safety protocols and alleged retaliation against workers, report Reuters. In its ruling, the court said that because federal labor laws take precedence over state labor laws, the National Labor Relations Board “should serve as a forum for disputes.”It also points to a separate NLRB case fired employee Gerald Bryson also said it contained “essentially the same” allegations of retaliation and argued that there was a risk of “interference” in the NLRB’s jurisdiction.
litigation– archive Last year — Amazon accused Amazon of keeping workers at two Staten Island facilities in unsafe conditions during the pandemic. It also claims that Amazon retaliated against former employees Christian Smalls and Derek Palmer, now members of the Amazon union, by firing them after they protested the company’s working conditions.Just a few days ago, Amazon archive It filed its own lawsuit against the New York State Attorney General’s Office to block the investigation.
Last month, when a federal judge Refuse Amazon bids to transfer lawsuit. But the New York Court of Appeals today not only overturned that decision, but also dismissed the state attorney general’s claim. litigation Amazon violated COVID-19 health and safety protocols. The appeals court said the lawsuit’s efforts to get Amazon to comply with New York state’s coronavirus workplace protocols since they were rescinded were “mooted.”
“Throughout the pandemic, Amazon’s failure to provide New Yorkers with a safe work environment has put their health and safety at risk. Attorney General James remains committed as our office reviews the decision and our options moving forward. To protect Amazon workers and all workers from unfair treatment,” Attorney General spokesman Morgan Rubin wrote in a statement to Engadget.
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