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An Amazon warehouse worker in New York was fired on the same day he helped lead a protest of the company's coronavirus response to safety concerns (AMZN)

An Amazon warehouse worker in New York was fired on the same day he helped lead a protest of the company's coronavirus response to safety concerns (AMZN)
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Amazon fired a warehouse worker on Monday who helped organize a strike earlier in the day in protest of the company's response to the coronavirus.




The worker, Chris Smalls, said he was fired in retaliation for his activism and that "Amazon would rather sweep a problem under the rug than act to keep workers and working communities safe," according to a statement sent to Business Insider.




Amazon said it fired Smalls for violating a quarantine order it issued after Smalls allegedly came into contact with a co-worker who tested positive for COVID-19, the company told Business Insider.




Smalls' termination and Monday's strike come as Amazon faces backlash from critics who have accused the company of not doing enough to protect warehouse workers during the pandemic.




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Amazon fired a warehouse worker Monday evening who had helped organize a strike earlier in the day in protest of the company's response to employee safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, the company confirmed to Business Insider.
The employee, Chris Smalls, who worked as an assistant manager at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York, said the company fired him in retaliation for his organizing efforts.
"Amazon would rather fire workers than face up to its total failure to do what it should to keep us, our families, and our communities safe. I am outraged and disappointed, but I'm not shocked. As usual, Amazon would rather sweep a problem under the rug than act to keep workers and working communities safe," Smalls said in a statement sent to Business Insider.
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