It's been a typical high-profile month for Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred, known for her zeal in pursuing sex discrimination cases. First she filed suit against the Boy Scouts on behalf of a Goleta woman whose son's camping trip was canceled because the scouts would not let a woman supervise the trip. Then she announced settlement of a suit filed by a former Orange County high school student who alleged that she was not chosen for the cheerleading squad because her breasts were too large; school officials apologized and agreed that cheerleaders would not be chosen by the shape and size of their breasts. Some of her other cases over the years:
DATE March, 1979 CASE Sued Union Pacific Railroad on behalf of a Riverside woman who alleged that she was not promoted to a management position because of sex discrimination. OUTCOME The woman, who resigned from the railroad, received a settlement of $29,193. DATE December, 1979 CASE Filed a class-action suit against Sav-On Drug Stores for selling toys in separate boys' and girls' areas. OUTCOME Sav-On agreed to remove gender-related signs in the toy departments of 133 stores. DATE July, 1980 CASE Filed a class-action suit against the county alleging that a practice of chaining pregnant county inmates to beds during childbirth was cruel and unusual punishment. OUTCOME County officials abolish the practice and Allred announces that her client gave birth--unrestrained--to "a little feminist." DATE July, 1980 CASE Sued L'Orangerie, a French restaurant in Los Angeles, because the menus given to women did not list prices. OUTCOME The restaurant agreed to determine the "host" of a party and to give "guests," regardless of sex, the menus without prices. DATE January, 1982 CASE Sued then-state Sen. John G. Schmitz (R-Newport Beach) for libel for calling her a "slick, butch lawyeress" in a December, 1981, news release. OUTCOME Under a 1986 settlement, Schmitz, who by then had left the Legislature, apologized and agreed to payment of $20,000 to Allred. Still pending is Allred's appeal of a Superior Court judge's ruling this year that the money should be paid by the state, not Schmitz himself. DATE November, 1982 CASE Sued the City of Burbank on behalf of a woman who was strip-searched after being arrested on a traffic warrant. CASE The city in 1984 settled out of court for $40,000 after the Legislature limited the use of strip-searches to cases involving weapons, narcotics or violence, or to those in which the suspect will be placed in the general prison population. DATE August, 1984 CASE Filed suit against Flair Cleaners of Los Angeles, alleging sex discrimination in its practice of charging women more than men--$2.75 to $2.35--to clean shirts because women's shirts "button from right to left instead of from left to right." OUTCOME Flair the next day eliminated the male-female price lists at its nine stores. DATE January, 1985 CASE Sued the California Right to Life League, accusing it of practicing medicine without a license and deceptively advertising "pregnancy counseling." CASE A Los Angeles Superior Court judge barred the league's 25 counseling centers from conducting pregnancy tests and delivering the results orally, saying he is "taking the centers out of the urine-sampling business." The centers must take clients to accredited medical labs, he said. DATE June, 1987 CASE Sued World Famous Mr. Tamale's Gourmet OUTCOME Mexicatessen in Encino when its owner refused to serve a woman who entered with her city-licensed service dog. The restaurant's owner apologized, agreed to allow service and guide dogs, and pledged to donate 50 cents for each tamale sold in a month to a group that trains such animals or to hold--by the end of the year--a tamale party for 100 disabled people and their dogs. DATE July, 1987 CASE Sued rock star David Lee Roth and the Forum over an "extremely loud" concert, alleging negligence, battery and the infliction of acoustic trauma upon a woman in attendance. OUTCOME Case pending.