Samsung has suspended its business with Chinese supplier Dongguan Shinyuan Electronics Company, after complaints from a human rights group of underage workers being employed.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the allegation was made by the New York-based Chinese Labor Watch last week. It claims that the supplier, which makes components and covers, had employed workers under 16.
Following this, an investigation by Samsung found evidence of an "illegal hiring process", according to a statement.
According to AFP, Samsung has launched an investigation into DSEC and has chosen to “temporarily suspend” dealings with the company. If the abuses were proven, said Samsung, the ban would be permanent.
"The Chinese authorities are also looking into the case," said the Korean electronics giant.
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