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September 8, 1989 | CAROL McGRAW, Times Staff Writer
A female deputy filed suit Thursday against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, charging that fellow deputies and supervisors have engaged in a wide range of sexual harassment and discriminatory practices against the department's 742 female officers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1989 | CAROL McGRAW, Times Staff Writer
A female deputy filed suit Thursday against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, charging that fellow deputies and supervisors have engaged in a wide range of sexual harassment and discriminatory practices against the department's 742 female officers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1989
Sheriff Sherman Block on Friday denied that his department engages in harassment and discrimination against its women deputies. "The tone of this lawsuit characterizes this organization as having an uncaring attitude toward its female employees," Block said in response to a suit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court by a woman deputy. "Nothing could be further from the truth." Block said the department has a written policy against harassment and procedures to ensure women's advancement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1992 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Susan Bouman Paolino recalled Friday the sexual slurs, the crude cartoons, the radio jabs that said "take a Midol," harassment that finally persuaded her to retire after 18 years as a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Then she spoke of the consent decree filed in court this week that is supposed to put the nation's third largest law enforcement agency on the cutting edge of gender equality.
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December 4, 1992 | FAYE FIORE and KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, where women deputies have long complained of sex discrimination and vulgar treatment by male counterparts, has agreed to spend up to $4.5 million over the next four years to improve the lot of women in the department, according to a legal agreement announced Thursday. The 32-page consent decree ends 12 years of warring over two landmark lawsuits alleging that the women, who make up 12.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1991 | PATT MORRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The flowers that came to her desk told her that other women deputies believed in what she was fighting for. The note in the bouquet told her that she would be fighting alone. For more than 10 years, even before the flowers--and the card reading "Thanks, from those who aren't brave enough"--Susan Bouman Paolino has pursued her federal sex discrimination suit against the county Sheriff's Department, after she was denied a sergeant's promotion in spite of her qualifications.
HEALTH
July 2, 2007 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
LAURA BEARD was flipping through a women's magazine when an advertisement caught her eye. It sounded simple enough: Aim a laser at individual blemishes -- in the privacy of one's home -- and the skin will clear up within a day or two. The cost, $150, gave her only slight pause. If the device worked, it would save her the time and money she spent on acne treatments and dermatologist visits for herself and her daughter.
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