Samsung may have to cough up $110 million over labor violations in Brazil

Samsung may have to cough up $110 million over labor violations in Brazil

Samsung may be next in line toreceive and earful over the poor working conditions in one of itsplants in Brazil, according to a report from ReporterBrasil.According to the news agency, areport by auditors for the Ministry of Labor has prompted prosecutorsto file a lawsuit with the South Korean company seeking damages inthe $110 million ballpark.



The reason forthe claim? Apparently, two separate inspections at the site of theplant have found a number of violations such as workers spending anexcess of 10 to 15 hours a day on foot, without a break for weeks.The factory which employs some 5,600 employees has, in result, seenover 2,000 employee requests to be removed due to health problems:



Samsunghas reached out to ReporterBrasiloffering the following statement:



Labor rights are shaping up to be a nasty spot on the smartphone industry – just recently, rival Apple was once again brought back into the fray over somewhat similar allegations thrown at Pegatron, an Apple contractor manufacturing iPhones and iPads.


source: ReporterBrasil via 9to5Google

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34 Comments

1. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

pocket change

23. MartianMe unregistered

Love sam...but this is just wrong bros.

33. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

Samsung = Lies Poor Brazilian labours..

27. Mxyzptlk unregistered

But the PR backlash can do much more damage.

2. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

that explains the record breaking shipments and sales... Good Job Samsung /s... can't have success of that magnitude without someone(s) sacrifice. We saw this example with Apple. I'm sure they will clear this all up...

3. special4u

Posts: 63; Member since: May 22, 2013

wrong, apple may indirectly sacrifice someone, (apple--> pegatron --> workers) while for sammy, Samsung own plants ( samsung--> workers) , there is no excuse in this case.

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'm not saying Samsung is in the right here, far from it. But to say that Apple is anymore innocent because they ignored the issue/ maintained blissful ignorance is a cop out. With how detail oriented they are and then to just act like this isn't happening is just as bad. My solution to this matter? Anyone involved with these working conditions needs to be sentenced to take the place of one of these workers under the same conditions for no less than 6 months. Maybe then these a-holes will understand the value of a person's life.

5. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Yr comment is unreal. I mean HOW PATHETIC CAN you plastic boys be to defend this manufacturer even when they are exposed for doing this dirty stuff. My faith in human kind just took another step back. You people are SHOCKING !

9. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

/s = sarcasm

29. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Apple fans did the same thing when the Foxconn stuff first broke years ago.

17. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Samsung is the new Apple...in everything....even with the "loyal fans"

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I was an Apple fan before i buy Samsung. The feeling is different. Apple i really like their design, their ecosystem especially their iTune U. I was a fanatic because everyone that disagree with me is my enemy and is below me. For Samsung Note 2, is just my phone for the moment. So Samsung fans is nothing like Apple fans.

4. TwentyWendy

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

Still doesn't change my mind to get 64gb version of gs4 octa... Anyway Brazilian is making better product than from China fyi

7. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Wow, some of the comments here are just unbelievable. Some of these people's lives are probably being shortened, nevermind the problems they will have later in life. I know guys here in the US that work construction that are about used up by the time they reach 50, how do you think these people will fare under these conditions? But it's fine as long as I can get the newest status symbol, right?!?

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31601; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Uh ohhhhhhh.

10. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lol this was my first initial comment dark... but i erased it to be sarcastic.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31601; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol watch how Sammites come to the defense.

18. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Because you NEVER defend Apple....

22. SleepingOz unregistered

haha "+1 bro"

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31601; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Uh ohhhhhh

28. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apple has what to do with this?

34. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Seriously. PA is one big fanboys site. Apple vs Android vs WP. Apple & WP fanboys making inflammatory comments on Android articles, Android & WP fanboys making inflammatory comments on Apple articles, Apple and Android fanboys making inflammatory comments on WP articles. Everyone is happy to try to bring down the other companies, but defends their OS of choice when the same thing happens. If hypocrisy was s**t we'd be up to our noses in it on this site. Try taking the article and putting your favorite company's name in it's place and tell me if you'd make the same comment.

11. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

take that you rotten kimchi!!! (i just replaced the word fruit because it's samsung's time to shine!)

12. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1365; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Guess Google has the right Idea Manufacture back in the good ol' US of A. See cheap labor is not getting cheaper anymore. Remember in the 70's everything was made in Japan ( cheap labor) Japaneses people began demanding better working conditions and higher pay as the became a industrial nation. Solution? Move to Mexico - people began demanding better working conditions and higher pay as the became a industrial nation. Solution? in the 80's Move to india - people began demanding better working conditions and higher pay as the became a industrial nation. Solution? Movie to South America - people began demanding better working conditions and higher pay as the became a industrial nation. Solution? in the 90's Move to China - people began demanding better working conditions and higher pay as the became a industrial nation. Solution? in the not so distant future Bring back everything to the US of A because no trans- Atlantic shipping costs, no Pesky Government shake downs and bribing, no uprisings where your execs get killed and the Labor movement can be very violent. in the USA people are out of work and anything they can get helps them put food on the table and a roof over their heads and guess what? any left over cash they can treat themselves to a high tech device like a smartphone. Imagine that companies being able to sell their goods in America because the American people have Jobs and money to spend. Go figure?

13. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Die for Plastic

15. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

100 million is too little. But still this is great news.

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Pretty much all companies should be paying these fines, as this is what capitalism has brought to our world.

19. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Who cares, it's just Brazil

20. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Finally...the typical fandroid response comes out. Was waiting for this. Still missing a post from the usual fandroids...you know who you are.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31601; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

About what I'd expect from him.

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