Sarah Tressler, a 30-year-old reporter who was fired by the Houston Chronicle because of her second job as a stripper, has filed a formal complaint against her former newspaper employer, alleging sex discrimination.
Tressler was working as a society and general assignment reporter for the Chronicle and writing an anonymous blog entitled “Diary of an Angry Stripper” when another paper, the Houston Press, revealed her part-time profession.
She said the major newspaper fired her “because of a claim that I did not disclose on my employment application that I worked as an exotic dancer.”
“I feel that women should not be denied other employment because they have worked as an exotic dancer,” said Tressler, in response to her dismissal.
Tressler has hired high-profile attorney Gloria Allred and filed a charge of gender discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Allred said Tressler was stripping as an independent contractor, not an employee, so she had no reason to list exotic dancing on her job application.
“Most exotic dancers are female, and therefore terminating an employee because they had previously been an exotic dancer would have an adverse impact on women, since it is a female dominated occupation,” Allred said.
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