US Government sues Hyundai, Alabama suppliers for alleged child labor

MONTGOMERY, Alabama: The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent Hyundai and two Alabama-based companies from allegedly employing children illegally.

The complaint, filed on May 30, follows an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division, which discovered that a 13-year-old child was working between 50 and 60 hours a week, operating machines on an assembly line that formed sheet metal into auto body parts.

The defendants in the lawsuit are Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama LLC, SMART Alabama LLC, and Best Practice Service LLC. The suit aims to end the alleged use of child labor and demands that the companies forfeit profits linked to these practices.

Hyundai responded, asserting that it had fully cooperated with the Labor Department’s investigation. The company expressed its intent to vigorously defend itself, arguing that it is unfair to be held accountable for the actions of its suppliers.

Hyundai said in its statement, "We are reviewing the new lawsuit and intend to vigorously defend the company."