The Taiwan-based Electronics giant, Foxconn, admitted on Tuesday that a plant investigation discovered underage residents as young as 14 years of age in its manufacturing plant situated in Yantai city, China.
The underage interns were brought back to their respective schools, as only people aged 16 and above are considered legal workers in China.
The company is a property of the Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Corporation, and is popular for being the maker of the Apple iPhone, but the company denies the Yantai plant being affiliated with Apple.
School investigations to determine how the underage workers entered the factory are currently being conducted. The number of underage workers found, however remain undisclosed.
Foxconn, in a released statement, says that they would take full responsibility for the violations, and that they have issued an apology to the students involved.
Also, Foxconn workers found to be accountable for the law breach would be fired promptly. A group for labor rights, China Labor Watch claims that the intern’s schools are primarily accountable for the incident, but Foxconn is at fault for not double-checking the ages of the interns.
Foxconn is a manufacturer of Apple iPhones and iPads, and is also a product assembler for Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. The said company did not state the products manufactured in the place the underage interns worked.