updated 01:50 pm EDT, Mon June 26, 2006
Foxconn breaks labor laws
An iPod manufacturer for Apple which denied previous claims of labor abuse in Chinese plants has admitted to breaking Chinese labor laws, according to one report. Foxconn, a company that manufactures iPods of various types for Apple, was reported to employ mostly female workers under sweatshop-like conditions earlier this month. Foxconn denied the report, however, saying there were "huge discrepancies between the truth and the claims in the report." Apple then began an audit of Foxconn to investigate employee working and living conditions, as well as interviews with employees and managers to ensure adherence to Apple's supplier code of conduct. Chinese labor laws state that companies can ask employees to work no more than 36 extra hours per month. Foxconn admitted that its employees are asked to work more than 80 extra hours each month, according to China CSR.