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date: 18 October 2019

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This article examines issues concerning working conditions and worker safety in the so-called sweatshops. It discusses the extent of employers' obligations to protect workers from workplace hazards and evaluates whether they may be mitigated by other obligations or interests. Two general duties concerning safety play a key role in this analysis: the obligation to inform workers in advance regarding workplace hazards and the obligation to ensure minimum health and safety conditions. It rejects various defences of sweatshops and defends the view a respectful treatment of workers requires that they be paid a weekly wage consistent with human dignity.

Keywords: working conditions, worker safety, sweatshops, employers' obligations, workplace hazards, health conditions, weekly wage, human dignity

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