Just days away from the unveiling of Apple's newest smartphone -- and quite possibly our first look at a wearable as well -- the company is yet again dealing with allegations that one of its suppliers isn't treating its employees well. According to a report by The New York Times, a factory operated by Catcher Technology has come under scrutiny for forcing employees to work excessive overtime as well as handle dangerous chemicals without protection.
The factory, which manufactures parts for the iPad, had been audited by Apple earlier this year, and a statement from the company admits that there were "some concrete areas for improvement in Catcher's operations." One would have to imagine that if something as critical as poor chemical handling was noticed during the audit, it would have more than simply an area for improvement.
This isn't exactly the first time Apple or any major electronics maker has had to respond to questions about another company's operations. When it comes to outsourcing, it's an unfortunately common issue that doesn't appear to have a clear or easy solution.