Wexler Wallace is currently investigating claims on behalf of clients who allege that working with toxic chemicals in clean rooms to produce semiconductors for Motorola contributed to birth defects in their children.
From the late 1970s to the late 1990s, Motorola owned and operated numerous manufacturing facilities across the United States where semiconductor wafers, microchips, and circuit boards were produced. These electronics were manufactured in “clean room” controlled environments, designed to prevent airborne contaminants from coming into contact with electronic components during the manufacturing process.
In order to manufacture these semiconductors, workers were required to use a number of chemicals such as ethylene glycol ethers (EGEs) that have been shown to be reproductively harmful. Due to minimal protection while exposed to these chemicals, as well as the recirculated air and of the clean room and the inadequate exhaust on the tools, several former employees and their children have alleged that Motorola is responsible for the development of birth defects.
Research has shown that exposure to solvents like EGEs are capable of causing catastrophic birth defects, such as:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Skeletal and muscular deformities
- Spina bifida
- Spinal cord damage
- Heart and organ defects
- Spontaneous abortion/miscarriage
- Cleft lip and cleft palate
Despite these chemicals being phased out of use in the late 1990s, the risks of EGEs were known well before that. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health released official notices on the reproductive hazards of EGEs in the early 1980s, and the trade group known as the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) informed members of animal studies showing the link between EGEs and birth defects as early as 1982.
Plaintiffs allege that despite knowledge of the dangerous nature of these chemicals, Motorola failed to provide a safe workplace or adequate protections for the employees and their children.
If you or your child suffered birth defects you believe were caused by exposure to toxic chemicals or hazardous workplace conditions, contact Wexler Wallace by filling out the form below for a free case consultation.