Brazil sues Samsung over labor violations

Brazilian government says poor working conditions expose employees to risk of illness

The Brazilian government is none too pleased with Samsung Electronics Co. and its treatment of Brazilians who work for the electronics company.

Last week, Brazil filed suit against the South Korea-based company, citing poor working conditions in a Samsung factory in the northern Brazilian state of Amazonas. The suit says that the substandard environment in which Brazilian Samsung employees must work—including being subjected to intense, repetitive activity—is placing them at risk for serious illnesses.  According to an investigation by Brazil’s Labor Ministry, workers perform more movement per minute than is considered safe by regulators, they work up to 10 hours a day while standing, and more than 2,000 suffered from health problems or other injuries last year.


Cathleen Flahardy

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