Labor Practices Paper
Dante C. Dumas
Sept. 29, 2015
Labor Practices Paper
In many countries across this world, people are being used and regularly mistreated in warehouses and buildings called "sweatshops." A sweatshop is an atmosphere where people work for very little or sometimes no money, making and manufacturing products for large companies. Along with the hazardous conditions, people who work in sweatshops are often mistreated by the people who run them. Women and children are among the workers of sweatshops and are often mentally, physically and sexually abused. This is what is considered to be modern day slavery to the extreme.
In the United States, a "sweatshop" is said to be a factory that violates two or more labor laws, yet American companies still utilize ...view middle of the document...
If a thousand shoes get made per day in a sweatshop by one hundred workers, the profit is huge. You would pay out about two dollars per day to workers plus shipping, The profit from that would be over 190 thousand dollars that are a good business move, but the ethics of using a sweatshop is putting the company at risk.
The ethical issues usually slip under the rug when the public is not paying attention. This usually happens because when people live in poverty for so long, they do not care or mostly do not know of the ethical issues. People who work in these sweatshops usually have no other options of work because of the situation they are born. People would rather make a little bit of money rather than no money at all. The United States has minimal wage laws, but somehow sweatshops and illegal services still exist on the black market. When people and business owners do not value ethics over profit, then they will continue to practice unethical behavior like the utilization of sweatshops. Actions like these are what influence their ethical environment. Once a company's employees are aware of its unethical behavior, it becomes a free-for-all.
Sweatshops seem not to be going anywhere, and neither is controversy. There will always be a controversy of some sort; it is what helps make the world go round. Companies and society should both stand up and do what is right to make the world a better place and to put a stop to sweatshops is one of those things. One small step in the direction of revolution, because revolution is the only solution at this point.
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