Bloomberg Law
March 31, 2020, 9:06 PM

Firing of Amazon Strike Leader Draws State and City Scrutiny

Josh Eidelson
Josh Eidelson
Bloomberg News
Luke Kawa
Luke Kawa
Bloomberg News
Andrew Pollack
Bloomberg Editorial

Chris Smalls, an Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center employee, said the company fired him after he led a strike at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, over coronavirus safety conditions.

“Taking action cost me my job,” Smalls said Monday in a Bloomberg TV interview. “Because I tried to stand up for something that’s right, the company decided to retaliate against me.”

A group of workers at the Staten Island fulfillment center walked off the job Monday to demand Amazon close the facility for extended cleaning, the latest in a wave of virus-related protests. They say a number of ...

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