Reuters reports that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered the investigation of Amazon's firing of an Amazon employee there who helped to organize a walkout over the company's coronavirus-related policies.
According to the story, "The dispute centers on a walkout by 15 workers on Monday at Amazon's warehouse in Staten Island, New York, amid concerns over reports of coronavirus cases among the facility's staff.
"The total number of workers at the warehouse was not immediately clear.
"De Blasio said he had ordered the city's commission on human rights to look into an allegation the worker was fired after raising health and safety concerns over the coronavirus outbreak."
Amazon has maintained that the employee was fired for ignoring physical distancing rules and for coming to work even after ordered to stay home after coming into contact with someone who was infected by the coronavirus.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James said that the firing was "disgraceful" and she called for an investigation by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
- KC's View:
This is one of those cases where an investigation absolutely is called for. As a consumer and citizen, I want to know what the truth is.
Now, I think it is entirely possible, as I said here yesterday, that both scenarios are true - that this guy did violate company policy, which gave Amazon an excuse to get rid of a rabble-rouser.
But I want to know.