Samsung faces Brazil lawsuit over labor conditions

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A labor group says Samsung Electronics Co. is facing a lawsuit from Brazil's government seeking damages over poor working conditions at the company's assembly lines.

Samsung said Wednesday it will cooperate with Brazilian authorities.

Reporter Brasil, a labor rights group, said on its website that Brazil's labor ministry found "serious" labor violations including up to 15 hours of work per day and insufficient breaks at Samsung's Manaus factory. The group said the lawsuit is seeking $108 million in damages.

The South Korean company was prosecuted in Brazil in 2011 over poor working conditions. It has also been accused of hiring children in China and faced a flurry of lawsuits in South Korea from workers seeking compensation for health hazards at its factories.