Amazon workers passing a health safety checkpoint in warehouse

Today, Amazon filed a federal lawsuit against the New York State Attorney General Letitia James claiming the AG overstepped her legal authority when she threatened the company over their early response to the COVID pandemic.

In the suit, the company notes that federal labor and safety laws preempt state laws and that the demands by the Attorney General’s office (AOG) were “far more stringent than the standard adopted by the OAG when defending, in other litigation, the New York State Courts’ reasonable but more limited safety response to COVID-19.”

Amazon also said it passed a surprise city inspection on March 30 of its Staten Island facility and the inspector found that safety complaints were “completely baseless.”

The lawsuit was first reported by Reuters and the company is seeking injunctive relief against the New York AG.

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