Yeah, you read that number correctly–one dollar and twenty-one cents an hour. From NBC’s Bay Area affiliate:

The Labor Department said about eight employees of Fremont-based Electronics For Imaging were flown in from India and worked 120-hour weeks to help with the installation of computers at the company’s headquarters. The employees were paid their regular hourly wage in Indian rupees, which translated to $1.21.

This is a company that recently posted a 3rd quarter profit around $200,000,000. You read that number right as well. But don’t worry, here’s their statement concerning this crime:

“During this process we unintentionally overlooked laws that require even foreign employees to be paid based on local US standards.”

Ooops. Their bad. Now that they’ve been caught my guess is that it won’t happen again, especially since they’re probably getting slammed with fines and back wages.

EFI has been ordered to pay $40,000 in back wages to the employees. In addition, the company was hit with a $3,500 fine.

If the fines for creating a sweatshop on US soil amount to under $50,000 dollars and your company serves to make a little under $1,000,000,000 dollars a year…well, you don’t have to be Stephen Hawkins to do the math.

Nothing says ‘I Love You’ like cheap crap made in China by slave labor, sold by a company owned by billionaires benefiting from corporate welfare, paying slave wages to employees kept from enjoying precious time with their families. It’s real easy to ignore the suffering of others when it is not happening to you. Remember that what goes around comes around.

Today in Sweatshop, a dude with an anonymous username came into chat and started monologuing about himself, and his tone and cadence immediately struck me as Off enough that I asked him who he was and how he got there.  He refused to answer, then told me I “wore too much makeup” and that “makeup causes cancer”.

Anyway I had to kickban him twice, but the moral of this story is that I can tell instantly when someone is going to be trouble and I really wish I had not had to develop this superpower at all.  But here we are.

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No one expects to find paradise inside a Cambodian sweatshop. But a new Human Rights Watch report reveals that conditions at the poor nation’s garment factories aren’t merely bad. They’re often criminally abusive. Americans have reason to cringe over the sad conditions forced on Cambodian clothing makers. The United States is the top destination for “Made in Cambodia” clothes. Major brands such as Gap, Marks & Spencer and Adidas all rely on Cambodians to stitch their clothing.Outlets such as H&M can sell hoodies for as little as $25 because Cambodian women (almost all the workers are women) will sew for roughly 50 cents per hour.

A new report from Human Rights Watch details the criminally abusive conditions in Cambodia’s garment factories