In July 2018, the Guardian launched an investigation into claims of adverse conditions at Amazon warehouses. There have been multiple claims from former employees that they were treated improperly by management after getting hurt on the job. Many of these workers, some of whom could be in Louisiana, may be left without injury benefits.
Amazon currently runs more than 140 fulfillment centers across the U.S., and it employs over 560,000 people worldwide. A spokesperson insists that the company’s employee safety is a top priority, but former employees tell a different story. Some report that Amazon warehouse conditions left them excessively fatigued and exhausted and that they chose to quit rather than put themselves at risk for an accident.
In April 2018, a 43-year-old former employee in Florida filed a lawsuit for being fired after injuring his back on the job. Managers fired him before Amazon would authorize a doctor visit or file a workers’ compensation claim. He says that one manager told him he was too young to have back problems.
Amazon warehouses were among the “dirty dozen,” a list of the most dangerous workplaces in America compiled by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. Since 2013, seven employees have died in Amazon warehouses. Three of them were killed within a span of five weeks in 2017 at three separate locations.
An injured worker can normally file their own workers’ compensation claim. All they have to do is report the accident to their employer. The benefits, which can cover a percentage of lost wages as well as past and future medical expenses, are generally paid out in installments. If a claim is denied, a lawyer could help with the appeals process.