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Microsoft Probing Chinese Factory Allegations

Microsoft says it has sprung into action in response to allegations of prison-like conditions in a Chinese factory run by one of its manufacturing partners.

The company says it has a team of investigators en route to investigate the charges of the National Labor Committee, a global labor watchdog.

In a report issued this week, the group alleged KYE, a firm based in Dongguan that assembles mice and other hardware for Microsoft, of forcing children to work shifts as long as 15 hours a day six or seven days a week, paying wages of less than a dollar an hour.

Datamation has the story on the report and Microsoft's response.

Caught off guard by accusations that its mice and other hardware products are being produced under prison-like conditions, Microsoft said it has officials on their way to China to see for themselves if the allegations are true.

The allegations regarding a Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) overseas manufacturing contractor surfaced in a report issued this week by the not-for-profit National Labor Committee, a global labor watchdog.

The NLC is perhaps best known for helping to blow the whistle in 1996 on sweatshop labor used to make Kathie Lee Gifford's line of clothing.

Read the full story at Datamation:
Microsoft Investigating Chinese Factory's Work Conditions