Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s price displays grim figures as the online retailer’s valuation has fallen about 1% in the last 3 days and can continue to dive throughout the current trading hours. The company’s down some 0.4% more already, at a price close to $316, and exhibits unpredictable swings. This comes along with the news that Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has to defend itself today in the Supreme Court against accusations of abuses with respect to employees, according to Bloomberg.
There have been numerous complaints that Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) performs security measures on the account of workers’ time.
“Amazon appears before the Supreme Court today to defend itself over employee pay. The company’s hourly workers are required to go through an airport-style screening process at the end of the day to make sure they aren’t stealing and that process takes as long as 25 minutes and they are not paid for their time so they’re not allowed to leave the building, but they’re not getting paid anymore,” said Matt Miller.
This particular case features Jesse Busk, 37, who is working for the company in a warehouse in Nevada, and if he manages to convince the court that Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has been abusive in its deeds, it will have to compensate 400,000 employees’ time spent. This could cost the company as much as $100 million or even more, according to Sky. Also remuneration for wasted workers’ time could extend to all of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)’s hourly employees.
The case has been dismissed by Nevada’s District Court, but there’s a big chance that Mr. Busk will have the law enforcers on his side as this case describes a situation in which employees are required to do something for the employer without being paid for it. However, it’s the Supreme Court’s responsibility to analyze the situation and decide if workers have a right on compensation for the donated time.
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