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Foxconn Prohibits Prostitution, Extra-Marital Affairs
Foxconn Technology Group, the electronics maker that faced a spate of suicides this year, bans workers from cheating on their spouses, visiting “shady” venues and engaging in activities that may be a health hazard. |
Workers should also inform the company as to their whereabouts when on duty during longer public holidays or overseas trips, Asia’s largest corporate employer said in a statement yesterday. Foxconn also bans workers from engaging in illegal gambling, prostitution, drugs, bribery and participating in organized crime and speculative investments, it said.
The assembler of electronics products ranging from Apple Inc.’s iPhones to Dell Inc.’s computers said workers must follow eight rules of conduct after the China Times reported a 37 year- old employee, surnamed He, expensed a July 17 farewell party at a hostess bar. The rules have existed for years, according to the statement.
“Companies need good company rules because there’s a gap between what the law allows and requires, and the specific requirements of companies for employee conduct,” said Joseph Deng, a Shanghai-based employment lawyer at Baker & McKenzie. “In the absence of specific rules, the ability for companies to discipline or terminate is very weak.”
Foxconn Group spokesman Edmund Ding didn’t answer calls or reply to emails seeking comment on how the company monitors or enforces the code.
The China Times report, denied by the company, said the wife of the employee threatened to kill herself because she suspected her husband was seeking the services of a woman while with colleagues at a hostess bar in Shenzhen, southern China. China Times didn’t say where it obtained the information.
He, who’s been employed by the group for five years, had never worked in Shenzhen and his expenses totaled NT$10,000 ($321) this year, according to yesterday’s statement, issued by Foxconn’s T.a.ipei-based flagship, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.
China Labor Watch, a New York-based human rights group, accused Foxconn of running a sweatshop after at least 10 workers killed themselves this year. Both Foxconn Chairman and Founder Terry Gou, 59, and Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs have denied the sweatshop claims.