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Amazon employees sue the company, demanding payment for electricity and Internet during teleworking time

According to The Register, Amazon is working on an appeal in a lawsuit filed by one of its senior software engineers. In the petition, this man, named David George Williams, states that Amazon must reimburse employees for Internet and electricity costs during the time they work remotely due to the pandemic. Although absurd, the court still accepted the lawsuit, despite the efforts of the Amazon legal team to cancel.

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Specifically, David George Williams decided to file a lawsuit because the company refused to pay the cost of Internet at his home, and asserted that the corporation was violating California’s labor laws. Williams also cites Section 2802 of the Labor Code as evidence in court:

“Employers must reimburse their employees for any costs they incur while working remotely and in compliance with company directives.”

Accordingly, Williams said that Amazon must not only pay for electricity and Internet bills at employees’ private homes, but also pay for all other costs related to their workspace during the time of the pandemic. . The petition, which represents Williams and more than 4,000 California workers, claims that these payments range from $50 to $100 a month.

“As mentioned above, at least 4,200 think they should be entitled to at least 50 USD / month during the period of isolation,” Williams emphasized.

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Amazon is working on an appeal in the lawsuit

Lawyers representing Amazon disagree. They believe that the decision to social distance is up to the state government and Amazon or any other company in California simply abides by the regulations. Electricity and Internet bills will therefore not be the responsibility of the corporation.

“Although it was a request of the state official, he still demanded that Amazon pay for all costs incurred during remote work, including the most basic things like electricity. This request is unreasonable because the law does not require Amazon to compensate what is considered a consequence of general policy,” Amazon said.

With this argument, Amazon wanted the court to drop the case, but Judge Vince Chhabaria of the Northern Court of California denied this request. He said that the application of a social distancing policy does not mean that Amazon has the right to deny its responsibilities to employees.

“According to the complaint, Amazon expects Williams to continue to work from home after the curfew is in place. That’s enough to hold Amazon accountable, even if the corporation itself is not the one making the rules. regulations on social distancing. Williams justifiably alleges that his expenditures were also aimed at fulfilling his assigned duties,” a court representative said.

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Previously, due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, Amazon and many other technology corporations had to let employees work from home.

Previously, due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, Amazon and many other technology corporations had to let employees work from home. Until many states across the US announced the time to vaccinate against COVID-19 for people, this corporation began to find a way to open the office. At that time, Amazon also said that it would soon reopen cafes, and planned strict temperature checks, social distancing guidelines and required employees to use masks and sanitizer. The “office-centered culture” is gradually being applied again.

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