Timeline: Gloria Allred’s high-profile cases and clients over the decades
Gloria Allred, whose website touts her as the most famous woman attorney practicing law in the nation, is the face of a firm known for filing high-profile discrimination and sexual abuse lawsuits. The media-savvy Allred has also worked as an advocate or a publicist for people who find themselves embroiled in scandal. Here’s a look at some of the more memorable cases and clients of the attorney’s four-decade career.
Seven children and their parents filed a lawsuit that ended the chain’s gender-specific toy aisles.
Allred publicly handed a chastity belt to California State Sen. John Schmitz, who proposed banning abortion. He responded by calling her a "slick butch lawyeress." She sued for libel and won $20,000 and an apology.
A gay couple denied seating at the Los Angeles restaurant’s romantic curtained booths filed suit. The case prevailed in the state court of appeal.
Rita Milla claimed that seven priests had sex with her as a teenager and sent her abroad to give birth. After more than two decades, she received a settlement and was granted a paternity test that proved one of the priests was the father of her daughter.
Friars Club of Beverly Hills
Allred’s personal desire to join the club led to a discrimination suit that ended its males-only policy.
Roe vs. Wade
Known only as Jane Doe, Norma McCorvey saw her anonymity lifted as Allred guided her into the national dialogue on abortion.
Boy Scouts of America
Eleven-year-old Katrina Yeaw was unsuccessful in her campaign to become a Scout when the California Supreme Court ruled that the organization was not a business and couldn’t be sued for discrimination.
Nicole Brown Simpson’s family
Allred represented the family of Simpson during O.J. Simpson’s murder trial.
The actress was awarded nearly $5 million after being fired from "Melrose Place" for being pregnant.
Model Kelly Fisher sued fiance Dodi Fayed for breach of contract after learning he was seeing Princess Diana. When the princess and Fayed were killed that year in a car crash, Fisher dropped the suit.
P.J. Masten testified that the sports broadcaster had bitten and sexually harassed her. Charged with sodomy and assault, Albert ended up taking a plea deal before his criminal trial ended.
Allred acted as publicist and advocate for the girlfriend of Scott Peterson. Frey testified for the prosecution and Peterson was eventually convicted of murdering his pregnant wife.
Gay Marriage ban
Two couples filed the first lawsuit that would end up challenging the state’s prohibition of same-sex marriage.
More than 200 fired employees who claimed they were targeted because they were older and earned higher wages received a $15 million settlement.
Veronica Siwik-Daniels, who said she had a romantic relationship with the golfer, requested an apology from Woods. A press conference that Allred had scheduled for Rachel Uchitel, another of the golfer's alleged mistresses, was canceled hours beforehand when Uchitel and Woods reached a confidential settlement.
Nicandra Diaz Santillan was awarded back wages after she said she was coldly dismissed from her housekeeping job for being undocumented by the one-time gubernatorial candidate.
Allred was at Ginger Lee’s side when the former porn star announced New York Representative Anthony Weiner asked her to lie about explicit photos he sent and their racy online interactions.
After Sharon Bialek accused the former Godfather's Pizza CEO of sexual harassment, his campaign for the Republican Party presidential nomination fell apart.
At first disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada pageant for being a transgender woman, she won the right to compete and made it to the final 12.
At least 10 current and former students received confidential settlements after filing a federal complaint accusing the school of mishandling allegations of sexual assault.
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