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Amazon employee fired after coronavirus walkout says company is lying about cases
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Ex-Amazon employee Chris Smalls was fired last week after he organized a small walkout at the company's Staten Island, New York, warehouse, but he was back Monday to demand the facility be closed down after employees tested positive for coronavirus.
Smalls called his firing "retaliation" and said Amazon has not kept the public — or employees — up to date on how many employees at the warehouse have tested positive.
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"There’s 10-plus cases in that building unknown to the public," Smalls told FOX Business last week.
An Amazon spokesperson said last week that Smalls was terminated for "violating social distancing guidelines and putting the safety of others at risk," including by coming on site for last week's walkout. He came in contact with a coworker who tested positive for coronavirus in March and was asked to stay home, but Smalls said he had much less contact with that coworker than some of his fellow employees.