Foxconn Admits Hiring Underage Worker at China Factory, Issues Apology
According to a report in USA Today, Foxconn claims it was made aware of the underage interns via a company investigation at a factory in Yantai. China's minimum legal working age is 16, and those found to be younger than that were sent back to their schools, Foxconn said. The electronics manufacturer also apologized for the oversight, and said it would take action against whoever is found to have hired the underage workers.
"We recognize that full responsibility for these violations rests with our company and we have apologized to each of the students for our role in this action," Foxconn said. "Any Foxconn employee found, through our investigation, to be responsible for these violations will have their employment immediately terminated."
Sub par working conditions at Foxconn have been a recurring theme the past couple of years. Workers in the past have taken their own lives rather than continue to earn low pay while working long hours. As for hiring students, it was reported in September that Foxconn brought in college kids from nearby institutions to help get ready for the iPhone 5 launch.