LOS ANGELES — Attorneys and female garment workers appeared in a federal appeals court in Pasadena, Calif., Monday, claiming that the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Workers cost them their jobs by forcing their employer, Sorrento Coats, out of business.

The women alleged UNITE retaliated against them for trying to decertify the union in early 1997 when they were employed by the San Bernardino-based outerwear maker. Sorrento filed bankruptcy in December 1998 and soon after closedpermanently.

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