Amazon accused of failing to comply with COVID-19 investigation into worker safety

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Amazon is being forced by California’s attorney general to provide information as part of an investigation into its worker safety conditions during the pandemic.

Xavier Becerra, who is in line to become US secretary of health and human services under Joe Biden, has accused the retailer of failing to comply with outstanding subpoenas for information.

The subpoenas are part of a state investigation into Amazon’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic launched in August.

Amazon has reportedly “delayed responding adequately to our investigation requests” relating to sick-leave policies, sanitation measures and data regarding the spread of the virus at its facilities.

READ MORE: Amazon a “threat to public health” as over 19,000 workers contract COVID-19

Becerra has now filed a petition with the Sacramento County Superior Court to force Amazon’s hand.

“We will try to do this informally, cooperatively, but one way or the other we will get the information we need,” the Attorney General said.

Despite the escalating action, Amazon argues it has been “working cooperatively for months and their claims of noncompliance with their demands don’t line up with the facts”.

It added: “The bottom line is that we’re a leader in providing COVID-19 safety measures for our employees — we’ve invested billions of dollars in equipment and technology, including building on-site testing for employees and providing personal protective equipment.”

Amazon has faced widespread criticism for its handling of the coronavirus crisis after more than 19,000 of its staff contracted the virus.

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