Foxconn Technology Group, the parent of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (2317.TW), a major Apple Inc. (AAPL) supplier, said it employed interns under the legal working age of 16 at a campus in China, according to a statement released by the company Tuesday.
The statement said that Foxconn employed interns as young as 14 at its campus in Yantai, Shandong in east China, for approximately three weeks. Foxconn said it took “immediate steps” to return the interns to their educational institutions.
The statement comes after two disputes at other plants in China in recent weeks. In early October Foxconn said it took steps to address disputes between a small group of production line workers and quality assurance personnel at its Zhengzhou plant in north-central China. And last month, a fight at a northern Chinese factory campus owned by Hon Hai escalated into large-scale unrest.
Foxconn said it is investigating what led to underage interns being employed at the plant, and at this time it has found no evidence of similar violations at other plants.
“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. Furthermore, any Foxconn employee found, through our investigation, to be responsible for these violations will have their employment immediately terminated,” it said in the statement.