Amazon sued by warehouse workers over screening pay

Amazon is being sued by warehouse workers over accusations that it violated state law by failing to pay warehouse workers for Covid screenings.

The class action lawsuit includes over 10,000 people at five warehouses in Colorado.

The company has been accused of making workers wait in long lines to answer questions and have their temperature checked, the process taking up to 60 minutes.

“Amazon appears fine making efforts to keep its workers safe, so long as the workers are the ones footing the bill,” David Seligman of nonprofit Towards Justice, which brought the suit, said in a statement.

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According to Colorado state law, workers must be paid when they are required to be on their employer’s premises or on duty, according to the suit.

Amazon argued that in a similar lawsuit in California that because the screenings primarily benefit workers, they do not amount to compensable time under federal wage law.

The ecommerce giant’s rival Walmart raised the same defence in a  proposed class action in Arizona federal court which claimed the retail giant’s failure to pay employees for time spent in Covid screenings violated the state law.

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