Chris Smalls and other workers walked out to close the facility after a worker tested positive. There were many more workers who tested positive there than admitted, CNN reported. Amazon says Smalls lost his job for refusing to adhere to social-distancing guidelines and for not self-isolating despite his contact with the worker who had tested positive. NY AG Letitia James: 'In this midst of a pandemic, Chris Smalls protested the lack of precautions that @amazon employed to protect them. Then he was fired. I'm considering legal options & calling onmNLRB to investigate,' she said, referring to the National Labor Relations Board, which lobbies for the rights of private sector employees. 'Amazon, this is disgraceful.'
In a statement issued on her website, James said that in NY, the right to organize is 'codified into law', and any retaliatory action by management 'is strictly prohibited'.