Labour group claims Brazilian government seeking $108-million in damages over labour violations
SEOUL, South Korea—A labour group said Samsung Electronics Co. is facing a lawsuit from Brazil’s government seeking damages over poor working conditions at the company’s assembly lines.
Reporter Brasil, a labour rights group, said on its website that Brazil’s labour ministry found “serious” labour violations, including up to 15 hours of work per day and insufficient breaks, at Samsung’s Manaus factory in the country’s north.
The group said the lawsuit is seeking $108-million in damages.
According to the group, prosecutors allege more than 2,000 workers suffered from health problems such as back injuries in 2012 that were related to working conditions.
Samsung said it will co-operate with Brazilian authorities.
“Once we receive the complaint in question, we will conduct a thorough review and fully co-operate with the Brazilian authorities. 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,” it said in a statement.
Samsung, the world’s largest maker of smartphones, memory chips and LCD display panels, was prosecuted in Brazil in 2011 over poor working conditions and paid a settlement of about $200,000.
It has also been accused of hiring children in China and faced a flurry of lawsuits in South Korea from workers seeking compensation for health hazards at its factories.