The complaint, filed privately by the state’s Human Rights Division on Wednesday, concerns Amazon’s alleged violation of state law by giving its site managers the ability to override recommendations from reasonable accommodations from Amazon’s internal managers – known as Accommodation Consultants – responsible for reviewing such requests. .
In one of several cases noted in the complaint, as reported by Hochul’s office, New York officials alleged that a pregnant Amazon worker was forced to take unpaid leave after being injured. at work lifting packages weighing more than 25 pounds despite approved accommodation exempting the worker from lifting heavy objects.
Hochul’s office said the complaint “seeks an order requiring Amazon to cease its discriminatory behavior, adopt non-discriminatory policies and practices regarding the review of reasonable accommodation requests, train its employees on the provisions of the law on human rights and to pay civil fines and penalties to the State of New York.”
Earlier this month, a New York appeals court dismissed a lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Letitia James over the company’s response to the pandemic. Morgan Rubin, senior deputy press secretary in James’ office, said in a statement to CNN Business last week, “As our office considers the decision and our options moving forward, Attorney General James remains committed to protect Amazon workers, and all workers, from unfair treatment.”