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January 17, 2010 | By Kavita Daswani
On the ninth floor of the historic Taft Building in Hollywood, women who have never had a personal stylist or tried on designer clothes are experiencing both, and leaving with an ensemble concocted to help them land that rarity in today's economy: a job offer. Dress for Success, a multinational nonprofit organization that has been around since 1997 and has helped about 500,000 mostly disadvantaged women compete more effectively in the workplace, has amped things up a bit. With the recent opening of its West Coast headquarters in Hollywood, it intends to provide the women it serves with an experience more akin to having a personal shopper than to rummaging through bins at Goodwill.
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January 17, 2010 | By Kavita Daswani
On the ninth floor of the historic Taft Building in Hollywood, women who have never had a personal stylist or tried on designer clothes are experiencing both, and leaving with an ensemble concocted to help them land that rarity in today's economy: a job offer. Dress for Success, a multinational nonprofit organization that has been around since 1997 and has helped about 500,000 mostly disadvantaged women compete more effectively in the workplace, has amped things up a bit. With the recent opening of its West Coast headquarters in Hollywood, it intends to provide the women it serves with an experience more akin to having a personal shopper than to rummaging through bins at Goodwill.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1987
The situation with the Womens Only spa and the suit being filed against them for discrimination by Gloria Allred drives me crazy! Why must the whim of a few people's misguided idealisms be constantly shoved down everyone's throat? A membership of 10,000 women shows very clearly that there are a great many women who want to have a private place they can go to exercise and not worry about the presence of men just because they are more comfortable that way. This is supposedly a country where the majority rules, but it seems more and more lately that all one needs is a trendy, delicate issue and a big mouth to make ridiculous demands and changes on our society.
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July 2, 2002 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five women have sued a Massachusetts diocese, alleging that it failed to protect them when they were young children in the 1980s from sexual abuse by a Roman Catholic priest--one who later served prison time for raping a girl. Jeffrey Newman, the plaintiffs' attorney, said Monday that he expects seven other women to join soon in the suit filed Friday against the Diocese of Worcester.
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February 13, 1987 | MARYLOU LUTHER
Question: Please recommend a suit that will be in keeping with the new trend to femininity, yet professional enough for the office. What jacket, skirt and blouse style? What fabric? What color? I'm 44, 5-foot-7, wear a Size 12 and work in an executive capacity. Don't be afraid to recommend a designer suit, as this will be my most major purchase of the season. If I cannot afford the exact suit you suggest, at least I will have a blueprint to guide me.--P.T.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1994
Two of 10 women who filed sexual harassment lawsuits against Newport Beach, its former police chief and a former police officer have settled their cases out of court, city officials announced Friday. Peri Ropke, a former dispatcher who accused former Chief Arb Campbell and Capt. Anthony Villa of raping her after a police party in 1981, will receive $113,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A San Diego woman and three others who say they were sexually assaulted at a naval aviators convention have filed multimillion-dollar damage claims against the Navy, their lawyers said Tuesday. In the first legal action stemming from the Tailhook scandal, the women also filed separate lawsuits against Hilton Hotels and the San Diego-based Tailhook Assn., accusing them of negligence for allowing the attacks to take place.
NEWS
March 29, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A Tokyo court rejected a lawsuit today filed against Japan by two "comfort women" from China who had demanded redress, saying they were kidnapped and forced to have sex with Japanese soldiers during World War II. The rejection of the lawsuit, which was filed in February 1996, is in line with the Japanese government's position that all wartime compensation issues with China were settled by a September 1972 joint statement that established diplomatic ties.
NEWS
April 5, 1995 | JOHN HURST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the latest legal broadside to hit California's beleaguered prison system, a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday charges corrections officials with "deliberately indifferent failure" to provide proper medical care to most women inmates.
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August 2, 1998 | Associated Press
A group of women have filed a federal lawsuit to block a new Alabama law that bans the sale of sex toys, arguing the law violates their right to privacy. "No one wants the government in their bedroom," Sherri Williams, one of six plaintiffs, said Friday. Williams owns two Alabama stores that sell sex devices. Another plaintiff, B.J. Bailey, sells similar items at in-home gatherings. The other four women challenging the law are described in the lawsuit as needing sexual aids to have orgasms.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2002 | LISA GIRION, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury in Vista, Calif., awarded $30.6 million Friday to six women who alleged they had been subjected to sexual harassment in their jobs at several San Diego County Ralphs supermarkets, lawyers said. The women accused the store chain of engaging in a cover-up of offensive and violent behavior by a store director by transferring his accusers out of the stores where he worked, said Philip Kay, a San Francisco attorney who represented the women.
NEWS
March 29, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A Tokyo court rejected a lawsuit today filed against Japan by two "comfort women" from China who had demanded redress, saying they were kidnapped and forced to have sex with Japanese soldiers during World War II. The rejection of the lawsuit, which was filed in February 1996, is in line with the Japanese government's position that all wartime compensation issues with China were settled by a September 1972 joint statement that established diplomatic ties.
NEWS
August 2, 1998 | Associated Press
A group of women have filed a federal lawsuit to block a new Alabama law that bans the sale of sex toys, arguing the law violates their right to privacy. "No one wants the government in their bedroom," Sherri Williams, one of six plaintiffs, said Friday. Williams owns two Alabama stores that sell sex devices. Another plaintiff, B.J. Bailey, sells similar items at in-home gatherings. The other four women challenging the law are described in the lawsuit as needing sexual aids to have orgasms.
NEWS
April 5, 1995 | JOHN HURST, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the latest legal broadside to hit California's beleaguered prison system, a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday charges corrections officials with "deliberately indifferent failure" to provide proper medical care to most women inmates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1994
Two of 10 women who filed sexual harassment lawsuits against Newport Beach, its former police chief and a former police officer have settled their cases out of court, city officials announced Friday. Peri Ropke, a former dispatcher who accused former Chief Arb Campbell and Capt. Anthony Villa of raping her after a police party in 1981, will receive $113,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A San Diego woman and three others who say they were sexually assaulted at a naval aviators convention have filed multimillion-dollar damage claims against the Navy, their lawyers said Tuesday. In the first legal action stemming from the Tailhook scandal, the women also filed separate lawsuits against Hilton Hotels and the San Diego-based Tailhook Assn., accusing them of negligence for allowing the attacks to take place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1990 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irena Szewiola and Pat Joyce were an unlikely pair of heroines. Joyce, a former gym teacher, and Szewiola, a former typing and shorthand teacher, were the sort of 1950s career women who had been taught that to get along you had to go along. But in 1980, Szewiola and Joyce decided to stop going along. The two women--who for years could not advance beyond assistant principal--filed a landmark lawsuit seeking to force the Los Angeles Unified School District to promote more women.
NEWS
January 14, 1988
A lawsuit against the Women's Studies Program at California State University, Long Beach, suffered a quiet death this week when the U. S. Supreme Court declined to review a lower court's decision dismissing it. "We think it's the right action," said Gene Asher, executive assistant to university President Stephen Horn. "The people who initiated the lawsuit were not part of the campus community and we don't think they had a very accurate view."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1991 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three elderly San Fernando Valley women who say they were duped by two salesmen for one of the nation's largest health maintenance organizations filed a lawsuit Thursday charging the firm with fraud. The lawsuit, filed on their behalf by Bet Tzedek Legal Services, a public-interest law firm, alleges that door-to-door salesmen for FHP Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1990 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Irena Szewiola and Pat Joyce were an unlikely pair of heroines. Joyce, a former gym teacher, and Szewiola, a former typing and shorthand teacher, were the sort of 1950s career women who had been taught that to get along you had to go along. But in 1980, Szewiola and Joyce decided to stop going along. The two women--who for years could not advance beyond assistant principal--filed a landmark lawsuit seeking to force the Los Angeles Unified School District to promote more women.
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