September 22, 2020
Amazon Workers Say Virus Suit Can Proceed Despite OSHA Jurisdiction
Amazon.com employees are urging a federal district court to reject the company’s arguments that their claims of inadequate COVID-19 protections at a New York City warehouse fall within OSHA’s “primary jurisdiction,” saying their claims that the retailer is violating state laws and pandemic orders are separate from any agency role. The worker plaintiffs in Palmer, et al., v. Amazon.com filed an Aug. 25 brief opposing dismissal of their case, arguing that federal courts can hear cases invoking state COVID-19...
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