Poor working conditions land Samsung a $100M lawsuit in Brazil

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Samsung is in more hot water over its factory conditions — this time in Brazil.

The country’s government is suing the smartphone giant after finding what it calls “serious” labor violations in a Samsung factory in the northern Brazilian city of Manaus. The factory employees 6,000 people. Among other claims, the Brazilian government says that long hours on foot have resulted in hundreds of Brazilian workers developing lower back issues. The country wants $108 million in damages from Samsung.

“We take great care to provide a workplace environment that assures the highest industry standards of health, safety, and welfare for our employees across the world,” the company said in a statement, noting that it plans to conduct a full review of the claims.

This isn’t the first time Samsung has gotten in trouble over factory conditions. Other alleged issues emerged just last year, when China Labor Watch, a New York-based labor watchdog group, found that workers at Samsung’s China supplier factories were working long shifts, often while standing the whole time. Those claims aren’t too different from what we’re hearing from Brazil.


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