Brazil sues Samsung over labour violations

Associated Press, 08/14/2013

Samsung Electronics Co is facing a lawsuit from the government of Brazil, which is seeking damages over poor working conditions at the technology company’s Brazilian assembly lines.

Brazil’s labour ministry has found “serious” labour violations, including working up to 15 hours of work a day and insufficient breaks at Samsung’s Manaus factory, labour rights group Reporter Brasil has reported on its website. The group said the lawsuit is seeking $108m (£70m) in damages.

Prosecutors allege that in 2012 more than 2,000 workers suffered from health problems such as back injuries that were related to working conditions, the group reports.

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