Amazon sued by warehouse workers over COVID-19 screening pay

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Workers will stand outside for 20 to 60 minutes for COVID-19 screening before being allowed to enter

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Amazon.com Inc. has been charged with infringing Colorado State law for failing to pay warehouse workers for elapsed time COVID-19 Screening before going to work.

Jennifer Vincenzetti, who works at two Amazon warehouses in Colorado Springs, filed a proposed class action in Colorado federal court on Tuesday, claiming the company made workers wait in long lines to answer questions and check their temperatures. checked.

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Seattle-based Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The proposed class covers more than 10,000 people at five warehouses in Colorado.

“Amazon is doing its best to keep its employees safe as long as employees are paying the bills,” David Seligman of the nonprofit Towards Justice said in a statement.

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The complaint says that since March 2020, Amazon has required employees to arrive at Colorado warehouses early, wait in lines outside the facilities, and then answer questions and check their temperatures once inside. According to the lawsuit, the process typically takes 20 to 60 minutes.

That time is compensable under Colorado law, which states that workers must be paid when they are required to be on their employer’s premises or on duty, pursuant to the suit.

Amazon has argued in a similar lawsuit. california The federal court held that since screening primarily benefits workers, they do not provide compensable time off under federal wage law.

Walmart has raised that same defense in a proposed class action in Arizona federal court, claiming that the retail giant’s failure to pay employees for time spent in COVID screening violated state law.


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