Goods bought from online retailer Amazon.com reach every corner of our country. But they originate in a few warehouses, one of which happens to be located here in Pennsylvania. Some workers at Amazon's warehouses have complained about difficult workings conditions there. They report having to meet demanding production goals while working in stifling heat during the warmer portions of the year.
Many Philadelphia workers have likely been asked by their employer to attend a meeting nearby but away from their typical place of business. What would the employer do and what are its responsibilities if an employee is injured on the way to that meeting? A workers' compensation case involving a former Noodles & Co. employee provides some answers.
Many of the consumer goods in this country pass through a few massive distribution centers, where they are unloaded and reshipped to various cities, including Philadelphia. These centers rely on speed and inexpensive labor to keep costs down. But workers at one gargantuan collection of warehouses have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that they have been exposed to dangerous working conditions and have been denied even minimum wage compensation for their work.