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Apple axes contract with supplier that employed underage workers

Published Jan 25th, 2013 9:33PM EST
Apple Supplier Underage Workers

Apple (AAPL) has come under a lot of criticism for the labor practices of its suppliers, but the company has always at least maintained that it will not tolerate any child laborers building its devices. The company made good on that vow again this week, as AppleInsider reports that the company has terminated a contract with a supplier that it found “responsible for 74 underage labor violations.” While Apple gets the most attention for its suppliers’ dodgy labor practices, rival Samsung (005930) has also admitted that some of its own suppliers have been guilty of mistreating workers, although it officially denies that any of them employ children.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.