The Labor Ministry of Brazil is filing a suit against Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker, over poor working conditions of the workers in its factory located in Manaus. The ministry is seeking damages to the tune of about $ 108 Million.
The South Korean giant is reported to be making its employees work too hard. The employees sometimes have to stand for over 10 hours in15 hour long shifts. This is a "serious" violation of the labor laws of Brazil. More than 2000 workers are alleged to have suffered from health problems in the year 2012. The plant in Manaus employs more than 6000 people.
The prosecution alleges that a factory worker has only 32 seconds to fully assemble a mobile phone and 65 seconds to assemble a TV. An employee whose task is to pack phones is reported to be packing about 3000 phones a day.
Samsung was previously prosecuted by Brazil in the year 2011 for poor work conditions in its factories. The issue was settled by Samsung paying a settlement of about $ 200,000. The company has also faced law suits in South Korea by workers who allegedly faced health problems working in its factories. Samsung is also accused of hiring children in its factories in China.
Speaking to the media Samsung was willing to conduct a thorough review. The reported statement said that the company had not yet received the complaint. It was however, fully ready to cooperate with the Brazilian Authorities. The statement also wanted to clarify that the company takes "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 news comes as another blow to the company as recently it lost a legal battle to Apple to lift the ban of its products from import to the U.S. The company was said to have infringed upon the copyrights held by Apple for its digital mobile devices.
Samsung has taken over Apple recently as the most profitable phone manufacturer. The Samsung's mobile device division is reported to be operating with a profit of over $ 5 billion in the second quarter of 2013.
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