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Amazon’s Worker Tracking Prompts Lawmaker Call for Safety Probe

May 25, 2022, 2:19 PM

A federal watchdog should investigate whether worker surveillance tools threaten employee safety in warehouses and other workplaces, a US House labor leader requested.

Citing news reports on unsafe conditions in Amazon.com Inc. warehouses, House Education and Labor Committee Chair Bobby Scott (D-Va.) asked the Government Accountability Office to look into whether warehouses, fulfillment centers, and delivery outfits that use worker location and productivity tracking technology to meet customer demand for expediency are putting workers at risk.

In the Tuesday letter, Scott also asked GAO to probe whether the Department of Labor’s safety agency has examined this issue in its ...