Nike 's Unethical Behavior Of The Workplace

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Look at all the clothing and apparel you have on. Chances are, those items were produced in sweatshops outside the United States. According to the US Department of Labor, a sweatshop is a factory that is in violation of at least two labor laws (Do Something, 2014). It is generally understood that sweatshops maintain terrible working conditions, and that the workers are compensated far below what many Americans would consider acceptable hourly wages. A startling fact that many do not know, however, is that many women employees are forced to take birth control pills in order to avoid maternity leave and other associated pregnancy benefits. Advocacy groups have raised awareness about these practices, and throughout this piece I will highlight four companies using sweatshops, a best practice organization that aims to help eliminate poor working conditions for employees, and how the four companies have responded to their unethical behaviors. Nike has been accused of using sweatshops since the 1970s (Global Labour Rights, 2000). The company originally outsourced manufacturing plants to Korea and Taiwan, yet had to move them due to increasing regulations and labor laws as those countries developed (Nisen, 2013). The new locations in China, Vietnam, and Indonesia offered the company cheaper labor, with fewer hurdles to overcome in order to drive costs down. In China, Nike has over 50 contractors, employing at least 100,000 workers (Global Labour Rights, 2000). There are numerous
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