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Brazil labor group says Samsung faces lawsuit

A workers’ rights group says Samsung Electronics is facing a lawsuit from the government of Brazil, seeking damages for poor working conditions on the company’s assembly lines.

Reporter Brasil said on its Web site that Brazil’s Labor Ministry found “serious’’ violations, including workers on the job as long as 15 hours per day and insufficient breaks, at Samsung’s Manaus factory.

The group said the lawsuit seeks $108 million in damages.

According to the group, prosecutors allege that more than 2,000 workers suffered back injuries and other health problems in 2012 that were related to working conditions.

The report quoted a Labor Ministry investigator as saying that Samsung didn’t even have proper occupational health management and had not attempted to solve the problem.

Samsung said yesterday it had not yet seen the report.

“Once we receive the complaint in question, we will conduct a thorough review and fully cooperate 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,’’ Samsung said in a statement.

Samsung was prosecuted in Brazil in 2011 over poor working conditions and paid a settlement of about $200,000. It also has been accused of hiring children in China and faced a flurry of lawsuits in Korea from workers seeking compensation for health hazards at its factories.

By Lee Ho-jeong, AP []

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