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Orange County Register Firing or Disciplining Workers for Drug, Alcohol Use

December 30, 1993

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) _ The Orange County Register newspaper is firing or disciplining up to 76 employees after a four-month undercover investigation into drug and alcohol use on company grounds.

The newspaper hired private investigators after complaints by workers and their spouses that drugs and alcohol were being sold and used at work, the Register said Tuesday.

The newspaper that serves sprawling Orange County, just south of Los Angeles County, said as many as 76 workers faced firing or suspension, but provided no exact figures.

Most of the workers were being fired, said Peggy Castellano, vice president of human resources. The rest will be suspended for two weeks and subjected to random drug tests over the next year, Castellano said.

No arrests were planned, police said.

The affected workers were ″in a variety of departments within the newspaper,″ the Register said, declining to disclose any further details.

The number of employees fired or disciplined isn’t abnormal for a 24-hour operation with 2,800 full- and part-time workers, Castellano said.