Amazon has one less legal challenge to worry about. An appeals court today rejected a lawsuit filed by New York State Attorney General Leticia James against the company for its coronavirus safety protocols and alleged retaliation against workers. reported Reuters. In its ruling, the court said that because federal labor law precedes state labor law, the National Labor Council “should serve as a forum” for the dispute. He also cited a separate NLRB case involving fired employee Gerald Bryson, saying it contained “essentially the same” allegations of revenge and said there was a risk of “interference” in the NLRB’s jurisdiction.
The trial – filed last year, she accused Amazon of subjecting workers at two Staten Island facilities to hazardous conditions during the pandemic. It also claims that Amazon has retaliated against former employees Christian Smalls and Derrick Palmer – now from the Amazon Labor Union – by firing them after protesting against the company’s working conditions. Just days earlier, Amazon filed a lawsuit against the New York Attorney General’s office in a bid to stop the investigation.
Last month, it turned out that luck was on the side of the Attorney General of New York, when a federal judge denied Amazon’s offer to transfer the case. But today the New York Court of Appeals not only overturned that decision, but also rejected the Attorney General’s requests. court trial that Amazon has violated the COVID-19 health and safety protocols. The appeals court said that since the coronavirus workplace protocols in New York State have since been revoked, the lawsuit’s efforts to get Amazon to comply with them are “controversial.”
“During the pandemic, Amazon failed to provide a safe working environment for New Yorkers, putting their health and safety at risk. “While our office is reviewing the decision and our options, Attorney General James remains committed to protecting Amazon workers and all workers from unfair treatment,” Morgan Rubin, a spokesman for the attorney general, told Engadget.
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