DNP Samsung faces labor violation charges in Brazil

While Apple and Samsung do have their differences, they unfortunately share at least one similarity: labor violation allegations. The latter now faces yet another labor-related charge, not about its Chinese factories, but one in Brazil. According to Reporter Brasil, Brazil's Ministry of Labor has filed a lawsuit against the Korean company for poor working conditions in a smartphone assembly plant located in Zona Franca de Manaus. Accusations include excessive work hours without rest, few chairs to sit on and a plethora of health problems ranging from bad backs to tendonitis. As a result, 2,018 requests for withdrawal have been filed, which is almost half that of the factory's 5,600 employees. The government is seeking around 250 million reais (roughly $110 million) to compensate workers. In a statement to the Brazilian publication, Samsung says it will cooperate fully with authorities and have pledged to ensure "the highest industry standards regarding safety, health and well-being."