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California Senate Passes Bill Targeting Productivity Quotas for Warehouse Workers

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The California Senate on Wednesday passed a landmark bill that would require warehouses to disclose productivity quotas and ban any such targets that endanger the health and safety of workers. The first-of-its-kind legislation, known as AB 701 and introduced by Democrat Lorena Gonzalez, passed on a 26-11 vote. If signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, warehouse distribution centers such as Amazon would be required to provide workers with quotas detailing the tasks that need to be completed within a certain timeframe. It would place limits on production quotas that would prevent warehouse workers from using the bathroom when needed or from taking breaks they are entitled to. The bill also offers new protections for workers who raise concerns about unreasonable quotas. Amazon employees have reportedly had to pee in bottles while at work due to such quotas—allegations that the company denies—meanwhile, former Amazon worker Yesenia Barrera claimed she was “fired …

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