sweat·​shop | \ ˈswet-ˌshäp How to pronounce sweatshop (audio) \

Definition of sweatshop

: a shop or factory in which employees work for long hours at low wages and under unhealthy conditions

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That means employing artisans with traditional skill sets, making animal-cruelty-free products, providing safe working conditions (e.g., buildings that are up to code), and avoiding sweatshop labor. Lindsay Talbot, Marie Claire, "Your Everything Guide to a Sustainable Closet," 19 July 2018 The scene is reminiscent of countless sweatshops across Asia. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018 The controversies over sweatshop conditions in some of Nike’s factories, for instance, are hardly given short shrift. Will Leitch, WSJ, "‘Kicks’ Review: It’s Gotta Be the Shoes," 21 June 2018 In a similar investigation a couple of decades ago, Nike was accused of using sweatshops to make its apparel and shoes, claims the brand initially denied while distancing itself from some subcontractors. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Supermarket giants play role in mistreatment of global food workers, report says," 20 June 2018 Some player will hire a Mombai sweatshop to stuff the ballot box on the All-Star game or another popularity contest. Nicholas Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ Roundtable: who wins the NBA Finals and will LeBron James stay if the Cavs lose?," 1 June 2018 In bygone days, children in the U.S. toiled in factories, mills, sweatshops, farms, and mines; now, many are still out in the fields or roaming construction sites. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Why It Matters That the Trump Administration Is Reportedly Trying to Loosen Child Labor Laws," 15 May 2018 Target stopped importing rugs made with Indian child labor and clothes from sweatshops in Uzbekistan. Brett Murphy, Detroit Free Press, "Retail giants enable trucker exploitation," 29 June 2017 Over the past three years, America’s information ecosystem has proven easy pickings for anyone with a fistful of VPN connections and a sweatshop of kids playing World of Trollcraft. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "Social Media Makes Us Soldiers in the War Against Ourselves," 2 May 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sweatshop

: a place where people work long hours for low pay in poor conditions

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