Chris Smalls, a former Amazon employee who was fired after leading a walkout against pandemic working conditions, said on Tuesday that a New York lawsuit filed against the online retail giant is a “huge victory for Amazon workers.”
“You know, without a voice and without legal representation, we have nobody to stand up for us so I’m just happy that the state of New York is not only holding true to that word but they continue to investigate and ultimately prosecute Amazon, which we hope to see comes out to be successful for all of us. This will be a huge victory for Amazon workers,” Smalls said during an appearance on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”.
New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) moved to sue Amazon last week in a complaint similar to one filed last year by Smalls that alleges the company operated with “flagrant disregard” go workplace safety codes and retaliated against workers like Smalls who spoke out.
Smalls alleges in a suit that Amazon failed to protect workers at its Staten Island fulfillment center against the coronavirus pandemic.