by Ashe Schow
The Amazon warehouse worker who organized a strike to demand the company better protect its workers amid the coronavirus pandemic has been fired.
Chris Smalls said he was fired Monday after he organized the strike, CNBC confirmed. Amazon told the outlet that Smalls was fired because he ignored “multiple warnings for violating social distancing guidelines” and refused to quarantine himself even though he had contact with another worker who tested positive for COVID-19.
“Despite that instruction to stay home with pay, he came onsite today, March 30, further putting the teams at risk,” an Amazon spokesperson told CNBC. “This is unacceptable and we have terminated his employment as a result of these multiple safety issues.”