A former production assistant claims in a proposed class action that Amazon.com Services LLC has failed to reimburse employees for expenses related to the use of their personal phones for business purposes.
Per the eight-page case, Amazon has run afoul of several California laws by failing to reimburse employees for work-related expenses.
The plaintiff, who worked at Amazon’s Patterson, California facility until March 6, 2020, says he and other workers were required to download and use two apps on their personal cell phones in order to work for the company. “Amazon Chime” is an internal messaging and video app that allows supervisors to manage operations and coordinate group chats with employees regarding their assignments, the suit relays. The plaintiff claims to have received instant messages on Amazon Chime both on and off the clock, and to which he was required to immediately respond.
The other app, “A to Z,” is a scheduling app that allows workers to view and modify their work schedules, according to the complaint.
Per the case, Amazon was required by state law to reimburse employees for the business use of their cell phones yet failed to do so.
The suit, which was initially filed in Stanislaus County, California Superior Court in December 2021, was removed to the state’s Eastern District Court on January 20, 2022.
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