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Amazon Accused of Under-Reporting Covid Cases Contracted at Work

  • Union-backed group urges federal government to investigate
  • Report calls Covid data ‘misleading or grossly incomplete’
An Amazon worker wearing a protective mask in a break room.
An Amazon worker wearing a protective mask in a break room.Source: Amazon.com Inc.

Amazon.com Inc. provided “misleading or grossly incomplete” data about the number of Covid-19 infections potentially spread in its U.S. facilities, according to a labor group calling on the federal government to investigate the company.

Of the almost 20,000 employees the company said contracted the coronavirus last year, Amazon maintains only 27 potentially caught it at work, according to the Strategic Organizing Center, which reviewed Amazon’s annual workplace illness and injury disclosures to the Department of Labor. Federal authorities last year required companies to report work-related Covid-19 cases.