SETTLEMENT REACHED WITH FEMALE WORKERS AT DEFUNCT NABISCO PLANT.
Women who said they wore diapers to work because they were denied bathroom breaks at the now-closed Nabisco Foods plant in Oxnard have settled a class-action lawsuit against the company.
Terms of the settlement, which must be approved by a U.S. District Court judge, weren't disclosed.
In the suit filed in March 1995, the women said managers for the New Jersey-based food-maker restricted bathroom privileges for female employees, forcing some workers to resort to diaper use on the job.
``This is a long, ugly story of discrimination and retaliation,'' said Teamsters Union spokesman Joe Fahey. ``These women deserve to be compensated for . . . the humiliation and health problems Nabisco caused by denying their basic human needs to use the toilet.''
The 50-year-old Oxnard plant closed a month ago, leaving 550 people jobless.
``The terms of the settlement are confidential,'' Nabisco said in a statement. ``The settlement was made without any admission of liability or wrongdoing by any of the defendants, and all defendants affirmatively denied any liability or wrongdoing.''
Nestle bought the Oxnard plant in September amid the labor dispute between workers and then-owner Nabisco Foods. Under Nabisco, the factory produced Ortega Mexican foods, A-1 Steak Sauce, Regina Vinegar and the world's supply of Grey Poupon mustard.
Since selling the Oxnard plant and its line of Ortega products last year, Nabisco has shifted key operations to the East Coast.