According to a report posted in Workers’ Compensation on behalf of Bredell & Bredell, Attorneys at Law, in September of last year employees walked out of two distribution centers in California and one in Illinois. While there was a list of grievances provided to management citing unfair wages and irregular hours, the unsafe working conditions was at the top of the list. Workers at all three DCs said that they work in shipping containers that are dangerously hot; they are forced to use broken and unsafe equipment; and, they work irregular schedules. When they speak out about their right to work in a safe environment, they are reportedly retaliated against.
The above referenced report also stated that (according to the Huffington Post) the accused company did investigate the claims, and found them to be untrue. The company stated that conditions at the DCs are similar to those of other warehouses. However, it is important to note that in many states, when someone is injured in the workplace, he or she is entitled to workers’ compensation whether the employer subjected the worker to unsafe working conditions or not.
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