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South Korea Rules Samsung Plant Caused Woman's Cancer

A South Korean government agency has ruled that a Samsung plant located in South Korea caused a former employee to develop cancer. The Associated Press cites a branch of the labor ministry as saying the woman who developed breast cancer after a five-year stint at a Samsung plant was exposed to organic solvents and radiation.

The women, referred to only by her last name, Kim, started working at Samsung in 1995 when she was 19-years-old and left the company in the year 2000. She developed breast cancer several years later and died this past March having lived with the disease for three years. According to the AP, the Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service, the government agency responsible for the ruling, said there was a "considerable causal relationship" between the Ms. Kim's cancer and her five years of work the semiconductor plant outside of Seoul.

The plant Ms. Kim worked at is said to have had no radiation detector. While working there, she was reportedly exposed to benzene as well as other carcinogens. It's thought that this ruling will be good for other sick employees with pending lawsuits. Ms. Kim's family will receive monetary compensation following the ruling.

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