CBS3 Philadelphia, KYW-TV, featured Sam Pond and two Pond Lehocky clients in an exclusive news report on Thursday, April 16. The news story showcased the injuries some Amazon workers and frontline pandemic workers say they face while on the job due to unsafe working conditions. This is not the first time Amazon has come under fire by its own employees.
Pond Lehocky’s client Tatyana Smith worked at Amazon’s New Castle facility. She was injured while delivering Amazon packages by a dog who attacked her. Smith told CBS News, “We weren’t properly prepared. Now I heard they do give a dog spray or mace or dog whistles, but that was after my incident.”
Another Pond Lehocky client and former Amazon worker Janet Thomas was also injured while packaging orders at a warehouse near Harrisburg. “The work conditions were somewhat horrible,” Thomas said. “The inside of the building was really hot; it didn’t have enough fans. There was no AC.”
Sam Pond, managing partner at Pond Lehocky, told CBS News that not all Amazon workers are not getting the proper protection, training and equipment they need. “We have an abnormal working condition where people are going into a situation getting out of their bed, at Amazon, and maybe having their life at stake,” Pond said. “Now more than ever, we should be supporting frontline workers and getting them the proper protection they need to do their job successfully and not get hurt.”
Pond Lehocky helped both former employees win their cases and have since settled with Amazon.
Eyewitness News asked Amazon how many of its employees nationwide have tested positive for COVID-19. The retail giant didn’t say, but the company is working to get all workers more gloves and masks.
Watch the exclusive news report on CBS here. To read more about Amazon and working conditions in Sam Pond’s op-ed printed in The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Amazon must address warehouse working conditions.”
Pond is a founding partner of Pond Lehocky, the largest workers’ compensation and disability law firm in Pennsylvania. A former President of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, he served for six years as treasurer of that organization’s Committee for a Better Tomorrow. He is also the chairman of the Pennsylvania Alliance. He has previously served in leadership roles for numerous organizations, including chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section and member of the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners. To learn more about your workers’ rights, contact our team.