Amazon faces £87,000 fine for every ‘non-essential’ delivery after French court ruling – The Sun

AMAZON now faces a £87,000 fine for every 'non-essential' delivery made during the coronavirus crisis after a French court ruling.

The retail giant must limit deliveries within the country to IT products, food, health items and pet food, following complaints the warehouses were too crowded and were still processing everything from sex toys to video games.

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The Court of Appeal in Versailles on Friday rejected US online retailer Amazon's appeal against a ruling that restricts what it can deliver during the coronavirus crisis.

France has so far seen 161,644 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 22,648 deaths.

Confirming the initial ruling, the court said the restrictions must be put in place while Amazon evaluates and improves its health measures to prevent the 10,000 people it employs at six warehouses across France from catching the killer bug.

The court also imposed a fine for every delivery not meeting this requirement, ruling that Amazon would face a 100,000-euro ($108,020.00) penalty.

Amazon tweeted in response to the ruling, “We have heard the outcome of our appeal and remain puzzled by the decision. We are currently assessing the implications for our sites as well as for our employees and customers in France.”

The group's French subsidiary also said in a written statement: "We'll evaluate the consequences of this decision for our business, our employees, our customers in France, and the many small and medium-sized companies that rely on Amazon to grow their business".

We have heard the outcome of our appeal and remain puzzled by the decision.

The world's largest online retailer is facing mounting scrutiny as it juggles a surge in online orders during government lockdowns worldwide to curb the pandemic and employees' safety.

The French subsidiary closed its warehouses in the country on April 16. It extended their closure twice and said they would be shut until April 25 inclusive.

The legal battle in France highlights how companies may struggle to keep going while protecting their workers, just as firms across Europe need to figure out how to let staff safely return to offices and factories once restrictions are lifted.

The spat has also accentuated losses for some French businesses that were still managing to sell and ship through Amazon, in spite of a furore over whether some goods are really essential.

Numerous complaints from employees about working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic have been levelled at the retailer.

Builders at an Amazon warehouse in Darlington UK have claimed they face the sack if they walk out over coronavirus safety fears.

Contractors have complained about the "unacceptable and unsafe" conditions in the new warehouse, saying people are not social distancing and being provided with inadequate personal protective equipment.

An Amazon warehouse in New York City went on strike a second time in as many weeks.

Employees walked out of the Staten Island distribution centre on March 30 in protest amid complaints that 25 people there have tested positive for the deadly virus.

Amazon has since disputed their claims.

With millions in lockdown, online retailers' warehouses are dealing with a staggering spike in orders.

And last month, Amazon said it would hire 100,000 delivery and warehouse workers in the US to deal with a surge in online orders.

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