New York City is investigating Amazon after it fired a worker who organized a walkout this week.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said yesterday he ordered the investigation into why the online retail giant fired the worker who raised concerns about health, safety, and social distancing. As we told you, Chris Smalls, the management assistant at Amazon's fulfillment center on Staten Island told reporters he was fired in a phone call after the walkout Monday afternoon.
De Blasio said if Amazon fired the worker because he spoke up for the safety of other workers, that would violate the city's Human Rights Law. The human rights commission for the city will be heading the probe. New York State’s Attorney General is also launching a probe.
Amazon said Smalls was ordered into quarantine after he came in close contact with a co-worker who tested positive for COVID-19. They let him go after he ignored that order to attend the walk out.