Like every other company, Amazon sent all employees who could work from home to work from home in 2020. But what they didn’t do was start paying for internet and electricity costs for their employees, according to a lawsuit filed by an Amazon engineer in California.
On the surface, it makes perfect sense. California law requires companies to pay all business expenses. Employees who work at home use more electricity and internet than they would if they came into the office. Therefore, the engineer has a case. At least, that’s why the judge didn’t throw it out.
Amazon argues that these expenses aren’t the company’s obligation since it wasn’t their choice to send people home: they were following the state orders to send everyone home. The law doesn’t seem to have an exception for emergencies.
My best bet? The Amazon engineer will win.
And then he and every other California employee will lose. Here’s why.
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