Amazon Worker Leads Protest Against Working Conditions, Is Fired | All In | MSNBC Chris Smalls was fired after a walkout at an Amazon warehouse. Amazon says he violated quarantine; he says the company isn't protecting workers.
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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".