Amazon's warehouse workers have repeatedly criticized the online retailer's response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying that a lack of safety measures have put them at risk. Employees at Amazon's Staten Island, New York distribution center, along with a handful of advocacy groups, filed suit against the retailer for failing to provide a safe work environment. Now, a New York judge has dismissed the lawsuit, directing further complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Acknowledging that shutting down the facility completely while continuing to provide pay and benefits would have been the most effective measure to check the spread of the coronavirus, the judge said that a balance had to be struck between productivity and safety.
Early on in the pandemic, Amazon’s Staten Island facility became a nexus for growing tensions between the company and warehouse employees.