Amazon is now being ordered to pay a fine to the tune of $500,000 for hiding its COVID-19 case numbers in its workplaces from its employees in California.

Amazon to Pay Fine After Hiding COVID-19 Cases in its Workplaces from Employees
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Amazon to Pay Fine After Hiding COVID-19 Cases

As per the report by Los Angeles Times, the e-commerce tech giant has already agreed to pay the hefty fine, the attorney general of California said in a statement. It comes after a complaint alleges that Amazon hid the number of COVID-19 cases from its working force.

The news outlet further noted that the fine imposed on Amazon is the first-ever incident under the newly passed law in the state of California that goes by the name "right to know."

The new law is actually meant to keep the workplaces in the said region safe from dangers like the COVID-19.

It further requires all employers in California to inform their workers about any coronavirus cases within a day. On top of that, businesses also need to relay the said information to the local health agencies in the span of 48 hours in times of outbreak.

Aside from the fine that Amazon is willing to pay, the tech giant is now also required to inform folks working in its warehouses in the said states regarding the exact COVID-19 cases, if there are any.

Amazon and COVID-19 Cases Numbers

According to the news story by The Verge, the attorney general of the state of California, Rob Bonta, disclosed that the penalty being asked from Amazon comes after a complaint was filed regarding its workplace conditions.

The complaint against Amazon exposed that the tech giant failed to notify not just its workforce about COVID-19 cases, but also the respective local health agencies.

It went on to claim that the retail tech behemoth is "often leaving them in the dark," which in turn ends up making it to be "unable to effectively track the spread of the virus."

Amazon to Pay Fine After Hiding COVID-19 Cases in its Workplaces from Employees
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The press release from the attorney general of California also noted that businesses should continue to protect their employees from the raging threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever as we are nearing the holiday season.

Meanwhile, Amazon has been generous with its employee COVID-19 vaccination rewards, which include brand new cars, as well as $100,000 worth of payouts.

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Amazon Fine

In a separate issue, Amazon previously paid its biggest fine payment last July 30 after allegedly breaking the data protection laws from the European Union.

As per BBC's report, the National Commission for Data Protection of Luxembourg said that the tech giant was processing the personal data of its users, which is against the laws under the jurisdiction of the EU.

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