Indiana Labor Commissioner Resigns Amid Amazon Probe Dispute

Jun 13, 2020

FILE - In this July 27, 2018 file photo, the logo for Amazon is displayed on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The head of Indiana’s Department of Labor is stepping down as the agency disputes a federal investigation’s findings that the agency prematurely dismissed citations and fines against Amazon in the death of a warehouse employee. Gov. Eric Holcomb said Friday’s resignation announcement by Labor Commissioner Rick Ruble was not related to the investigation. Ruble has led the department since he was appointed in 2013 by then-Gov. Mike Pence and will leave July 24. The labor department absolved Amazon of responsibility in the 2017 death of 59-year-old Phillip Lee Terry, who was crushed by a forklift at a Plainfield warehouse.