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Prime peril for profit 

New York Teacher

As consumers increasingly rely on Amazon for their shopping needs during the coronavirus crisis, the company’s workers say the digital giant is put- ting their health in peril to turn a profit.

In early April, Amazon fired three of its employees who had spoken out against the company’s handling of worker safety during the pandemic. The company terminated two user experience designers for what it called violations of internal policies and a warehouse worker in Minnesota for inappropriate language and behavior. All three claim they were let go for warn- ing that Amazon was putting its workers at risk of contracting the virus.

Workers at an Amazon fulfillment center on Staten Island held a rally on April 6 to protest their working conditions, saying there were more than a dozen con- firmed cases of coronavirus at their facility at the time.

Staten Island Advance, April 6 
Reuters, April 14 
Forbes, April 15