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California Slaps Amazon with $6M Fine Over Worker Safety Violations

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California Labor Commissioner, Lilia Garcia-Brower, said this week, “The peer-to-peer system that Amazon was using in these two warehouses is exactly the kind of system that the Warehouse Quotas law was put in place to prevent,” California’s labor regulator has fined Amazon nearly $6 million for allegedly violating the state’s Warehouse Quotas law, following investigations into its facilities in Moreno Valley and Redlands. Enacted in 2022, this law requires transparency on productivity quotas and safeguards worker's rights to breaks and safe conditions. According to officials, Amazon reportedly failed to disclose productivity quotas and potential disciplinary measures to its employees in 59,017 instances. While Amazon claims to utilize a “peer-to-peer evaluation system” rather than fixed quotas, the Labor Commissioner has deemed this practice inconsistent with the law’s intent to protect workers from unrealistic and unsafe work expectations.

Critics have scrutinized Amazon’s workplace practices, arguing they create high-pressure environments that increase the risk of worker injuries. Both state and federal regulators have previously cited Amazon for safety violations related to the rapid pace of work, which can lead to musculoskeletal disorders. In response to these allegations, Amazon maintains it does not enforce rigid quotas but rather uses a performance evaluation system that considers overall team performance and allows for individual feedback. The company asserts it prioritizes employee well-being through significant investments in safety measures. As similar regulations are considered in other states, the tension between Amazon’s operational strategies and labor laws is likely to continue, raising broader concerns about worker rights and safety in demanding warehouse environments.


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