A French court ruled Tuesday that Amazon must limit its business to delivering only essential goods while assessing the risk of workers to corona viruses. This emerges from a decision by AFP.
The court in Nanterre outside Paris said Amazon France "failed to recognize its obligations regarding the safety and health of its workers".
During a health assessment, Amazon can only prepare and deliver "food, hygiene, and medical devices," the court said.
The injunction must be executed within 24 hours. Otherwise, Amazon France can face fines of one million euros per day.
The American e-commerce giant has hired thousands of workers as business in countries affected by the coronavirus outbreak is booming after the authorities imposed closings and orders at home to limit infections.
However, Amazon France's largest union sued the company in court, saying that more than 100 workers were forced to work in close proximity despite the nationwide ban on public gatherings that began in mid-March.
Last month, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire Amazon accused Amazon of "unacceptable" pressure on employees after unions claimed that the retailer refused to pay employees who weren't going to work for fear of coronavirus infection.
His comments came after hundreds of employees in several Amazon processing centers in France exercised the "right of refusal" of the French Labor Code when an employee believed that there was a risk to health or safety.
Amazon contested claims that it had not taken sufficient precautions and said it had introduced stricter cleaning protocols and taken steps "to keep employees at a distance".
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