Amazon has agreed to settle a complaint filed by Chicago warehouse employees, who accused the company of retaliating against workers when they demanded more COVID-19 protections. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said it found merit in the complaint and Amazon has expressed an intent to settle.
- The NLRB found that Amazon did indeed retaliate against some Chicago employees after 70-80 of them held strikes last spring to seek coronavirus protections for all staffers. Among their requests were coverage of COVID-19 medical costs and more transparency about workers who contracted the virus.
- After strikes, the workers said they faced retaliation through maneuvers such as disciplinary write-ups and interrogations. They later filed an unfair labor practice with their regional NLRB office.
- If a settlement can't be reached, the NLRB could issue a formal complaint and schedule a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. While the board can't impose penalties on the e-retailer, it can issue “make-whole remedies” to prevent Amazon from making similar moves in the future.
- Amazon has yet to comment on the case.