Amazon recently sacked a warehouse worker who helped to organize a protest in response to the company’s reaction to the coronavirus pandemic. The worker, Chris Smalls, who worked as an assistant manager at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York disclosed that Amazon actually fired him in retaliation for his organizing efforts.
According to him, the company prefers to sack workers rather than facing its failure in keeping its employees, their families, and communities safe in these trying times.
However, Amazon has since denied the accusations, saying Chris was sacked for continuously “violating social distancing guidelines and putting the safety of others at risk” when he was asked to remain at home on paid sick leave immediately after he came into “close contact with a diagnosed associate with a confirmed case of COVID-19.”
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Just recently, employees at the New York warehouse went on a strike to protest against Amazon’s health and safety policies after a worker tested positive for coronavirus and more than fifty employees partook in the strike. Amazon has, however, rejected the numbers, saying only fifteen people have been affected thus far.