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Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)’s Theft-Prevention Process Should Have Compensated Workers

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is facing accusations of putting people to wait through lines that form during security check after working hours without paying them. Some employees claim of waiting up to half an hour, but these are extreme examples, according to Bloomberg, as currently the company’s anti-theft process isn’t that much of a burden to endure.

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“Well, I went to warehouses in Fernley, Nevada, and North Las Vegas and it seems like the lines are not so much an issue at the moment. Several workers told me that they proceed fairly quickly so it’s important to note that this case stretches back several years. The lead plaintiff worked at Amazon warehouse in North Las Vegas in 09 in 2010,” informed Spencer Soper.

It’s been further stipulated in the report that Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) tried to improve its system so that workers don’t have to waste much of their time. Some employees even try to follow simple rules, like not carrying metal to work, that would speed up the whole process. Nevertheless, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has been asking forcibly for people to stay in the warehouses and did not compensate that. The company should have remunerated its employees at least somehow as this is a process, from which only Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) can benefit.

“The challenge for the attorneys representing the workers in this case is to distinguish this from a security check that is for general safety like I’m carrying a weapon in to kill somebody. That’s not what this is, this is checking workers on their way out of work to make sure that they are not stealing from the company,” said Spencer Soper.

There are huge amounts of money at stake as this case is examined by the Supreme Court. However, it’s still unclear if the decision would favor employees or Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), even if there’s a tendency to believe the latter has little chances to win.


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