updated 06:55 pm EDT, Tue August 13, 2013
Shifts of up to 15 hours, poor working conditions alleged
Mirroring similar issues in China, prosecutors in Brazil are alleging that the South Korean manufacturing giant is violating a host of labor laws at its factory in the Manuas Free Trade Zone. According to the lawsuit filed August 8, workers suffer through mandatory shifts of up to 15 hours per day, and have only 32 seconds to assemble a smartphone, with just twice that allowed to manufacture a television.
Samsung has not taken legal action in Brazil yet, saying that they will do so "as soon as they are officially notified." A statement by the company claims that "we are committed to offering our collaborators around the world a work environment that ensures the highest standards when it comes to safety, health and well-being."
The Manuas Free Trade Zone Samsung factory makes the majority of the devices available in North and South America. The facility employs 6,000 people. The suit is asking for $108 million in damages from the company for the labor law violations.