The AXT Way 

Meet Xuan Wen Li. Fremont semiconductor firm AXT, Inc. poisoned him with arsenic, then fired him - just as it did with up to 500 other Chinese immigrants.

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June 1999: Company VP Davis Zhang allegedly orders safety manager Ed Haggerty to hide exposures from employees.

January 24, 2000: An informant tips Fremont Fire Department to exposures; officials refer complaint to state.

February 22, 2000: State regulator orders AXT's factory shut down pending arsenic cleanup; it reopens four days later.

May 16, 2000: State issues 42 AXT citations for, among other things, willfully exposing workers to arsenic.

April 30, 2001: State discovers arsenic exposure was up to 31 times legal limit. AXT says it will move manufacturing to China.

December 31, 2002: By year's end AXT had laid off roughly 500 workers compared with two years earlier.

June 6, 2003: State cites AXT supervisors after they allegedly exposed construction workers to arsenic during factory renovation. AXT appeal pending.

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