ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL URGES AMAZON AND WHOLE FOODS TO STRENGTHEN WORKER PROTECTIONS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Raoul, 12 Attorneys General Seek Assurances on Compliance with State Laws and Federal COVID-19 Guidance
Chicago — Attorney General Kwame Raoul today joined a coalition of 13 attorneys general calling on Amazon and Whole Foods to strengthen measures to protect the health and safety of their workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a letter sent to the companies, Raoul and the coalition request updated information on several outstanding issues raised in a previous letter Raoul and the coalition sent March 25 that urged the companies to improve their paid leave policies. Today’s letter asks Amazon and Whole Foods to provide the states with details of health and safety measures they have adopted, data about infections and deaths among their workers, and evidence of their compliance with states’ paid sick leave laws.
“As millions of Americans rely on the services provided by the employees of Amazon and Whole Foods, workers need protections that will help them stay safe during this unprecedented time,” Raoul said. “These companies must take additional steps to ensure the safety of their workers and provide for leave policies that allow workers and their families to stay healthy.”
Raoul and the attorneys general write that they are alarmed by recent media reports and complaints by employees of both companies alleging inadequate safety measures and sick leave policies, insufficient data about infections and deaths among their workers, and retaliation against workers who call attention to unsafe workplace conditions. In the wake of these ongoing concerns, Raoul and the coalition urge the companies to provide the following:
Amazon and Whole Foods play an important role during this crisis by providing groceries and necessary supplies to millions of Americans who now rely on online shopping more than ever before. Raoul and the coalition write that due to the services Amazon and Whole Foods provide across the country, these companies have an even greater obligation to ensure their employees stay safe and healthy while working throughout the pandemic.
Joining Raoul in sending the letter are the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington.