Last week, when Apple released its annual review of labor conditions at its global suppliers, one startling revelation stood out: 137 workers at a factory here had been seriously injured by a toxic chemical used in making the signature slick glass screens of the iPhone.
Apple, describing it as a "core violation" of worker safety, said that it had ordered the contractor to stop using the chemical and to improve safety conditions at the plant. Apple also said that it would monitor the medical conditions of those workers.
But in interviews last weekend, nearly a dozen employees who say they were harmed by the chemical said they had never heard from anyone at Apple.
Instead, they said the contractor -- a Taiwanese-owned company called Wintek -- had pressed them and many other affected workers to resign and accept cash settlements that would absolve the factory of future liability, charges the company denied.
Read the complete New York Times story, "Workers Sickened at Apple Supplier in China."