Foxconn pays family $44,000 for employee suicide

When it was reported than an employee at Foxconn committed suicide after being accused of losing an iPhone prototype China's labor laws came under scrutiny again. After first denying that it had interrogated the employee using techniques that many would consider criminal it has surfaced that the company paid $44,000 to the family for the death of their family member according to the New York Times.

Company officials have said that "Several times he had some products missing, then he got them back" but would not go on to say what all the employee may have allegedly lost or misplaced in his past. What is clear is that this was not the first time that the employee had reported misplacing a prototype but the truth will always remain obscured.

"Soon after, a security guard, who was joined by two men wearing Foxconn shirts, threatened to 'beat up' a journalist's translator if she persisted in asking the family questions. Foxconn officials later said the guard was not on their staff and might have been with the police bureau."

While the company claims that the guard was not an employee it's likely that the money paid to the family was "hush money" or money paid to keep the family quiet and to not further pursue reasoning behind his death.

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>>"Soon after, a security guard, who was joined by two men wearing Foxconn shirts, threatened to ‘beat up' a journalist's translator if she persisted in asking the family questions. Foxconn officials later said the guard was not on their staff and might have been with the police bureau."

Unless the city is named "Foxconn," I find this hard to believe.

Your reading comprehension is slipping. The security guard was not one of the people wearing a Foxconn shirt, only the two men who joined him.

Well, in some cities in China, a company like Foxconn is their major employer. It's where most of their tax from, and where government officials' bribery money from. Everyone get a lot from them. So I wouldn't be surprised that local police would help Foxconn during this PR crisis with all they can.

Exactly, in a communist country you are not a free person, business, etc. Everything belongs to the country.

If a company or individual within the country is helping to strive their economy (Foxconn) then the dictators will do any within their power to see that nothing gets in the way.

Anarki said,
Exactly, in a communist country you are not a free person, business, etc. Everything belongs to the country.

If a company or individual within the country is helping to strive their economy (Foxconn) then the dictators will do any within their power to see that nothing gets in the way.

Leave politics and dictatorship comments out of this.

Anarki said,
Exactly, in a communist country you are not a free person, business, etc. Everything belongs to the country.

If a company or individual within the country is helping to strive their economy (Foxconn) then the dictators will do any within their power to see that nothing gets in the way.

+1

Leave politics and dictatorship comments out of this.

You must be communist to be expecting someone's rights to be abriged. YOU stay out of it, and go back under your rock. Otherwise, appreciate people's point of view.

As purchase power goes, $44,000 USD is probably worth way more in China than in UK. If that makes you feel any better.

Majesticmerc said,
It makes Majesticmerc a sad panda that a man's life is only worth $44,000. My parents house is worth 5x more than that here in the UK.

On some streets life is worth less than $10 or you can trade it for an insult. How much for life of a person who does constant damage or takes without giving. Like Adolf Hilter who I think gone into the far red end of his life credit. At least I know that cow's life is worth $7 per kg.

TonyLock said,
So now, everytime you use an iPhone/Pod, you have iBlood on your hands.

I know feel bad with my ipod touch

If they had any business ethics they shouldn't made any contract with Foxconn, because everyone knows that this kind of abuse happens in China.

cabron said,
Apple should enforce as far as they can their business ethics with China, abusing the rights of employees seen to be normal in China.

The fact that the employee committed suicide makes a strong case that he was at least very intimidated by his employer. Apple should drop their contract with Foxconn, else lose face.

cabron said,
Apple should enforce as far as they can their business ethics with China, abusing the rights of employees seen to be normal in China.

When did Apple decide to not to be a evil company?.

Big mysterious.

I dunno how people who first language might be English make mistakes between "quite" and "quiet", "too" and "to"!!!!!!!!!!! and put the apostrophe in the wrong place.

Where do you think they should manufacture then? I bet if Apple (along with most computer producers) stopped manufacturing in China they'd be up s**t creek in no time...

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