Amazon threatens to fire workers who break social distancing rules

Amazon threatens to fire workers who break social distancing rules

Amazon has reportedly threatened to fire warehouse workers repeatedly caught breaking social-distancing rules aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

The e-commerce behemoth recently told warehouse staffers that they’ll get a written warning for their first violation of the guidelines, which instruct workers to stay six feet apart from each other, according to CNBC. But a second offense could get them fired, the network reported.

“We are taking intense measures to ensure the health and safety of employees across our sites who are performing an essential role for their communities during this crisis,” an Amazon spokesperson told CNBC.

The reported crackdown follows vocal criticism of how the Seattle-based company has handled concerns about the virus while responding to a massive surge in demand for its products as the pandemic shuts consumers in their homes.

It’s unclear exactly how Amazon will enforce the social-distancing rules, but three warehouse workers told CNBC that officials plan to single out staffers who are seen breaking them and review camera footage to spot violations.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday morning. But an executive said last week that the company has asked some of its “top machine learning technologists” to find ways to improve social distancing in its buildings by using internal cameras.

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