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Fired for stripping, Houston reporter files discrimination complaint

By msnbc.com staff

The former Houston Chronicle reporter who was fired after another publication exposed her second job as a night club stripper announced Thursday she had filed a federal gender discrimination complaint against the paper that let her go.

In her complaint, Sarah Tressler, 30, is asking the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to look into the Chronicle's decision to fire her. Tressler says an editor told her she was let go because she hadn't disclosed her side gig in her job application.

"I was very upset that I was fired because I had been told by many editors that I was doing a good job," Tessler said in a statement. "There was no question on the form that covered my dancing. I answered the questions on the form honestly."

Tressler announced she filed the complaint at a news conference with her lawyer, Beverly Hills celebrity attorney Gloria Allred. Later, Tressler tweeted: "Couldn't ask for anyone better by my side ... So grateful."

The Houston Press, an alternative weekly, first exposed the "double life" of Tressler in a feature story with the headline "Writer by day, stripper by night." It also drew attention to Tressler’s blog — Diary of an Angry Stripper — which included pictures of her scantily-clad self, as well as rich detail from the inside of the gentlemen's club.

During her two-month reporting gig, Tressler covered high society, human interest stories, and fashion. She had previously worked as a freelancer for the Chronicle. Tressler "very rarely" worked as an exotic dancer, a skill that helped her pay for college, she said at the news conference, according to local TV station KPRC.

Tressler said she occasionally went to the club for exercise.

"And I didn't have a gym membership. So, on days off I might just go in there in the afternoon and do a couple stage rotations and knock it out," she said.

KPRC reports that Tressler, who has a master's degree in journalism from New York University, also teaches part time at the University of Houston.

"Most exotic dancers are female, and therefore to terminate 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, who is a self-described feminist lawyer, said in a statement.

"Sarah’s work as a dancer is lawful and is not a crime. It does not, has not and will not affect her ability to perform her job as a journalist," the statement read.

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What do you guys think?
Did they have a right to fire her?
If they never asked, was she misrepresenting herself not telling them?

I quit dancing about a decade ago, and I did not seek other employment until my dancing days were done; I never attempted to work a straight job while stripping on the side. But I was very paranoid, at first, that someone would recognize me and tell my boss, and I'd get fired from my straight job.
This never happened, though, and over time I worry about it less. At this point, I look so much different than I did back then that I doubt anyone would recognize me, unless they'd known me very well. And few did.

Still, if someone had ever recognized me and outed me as a former dancer and gotten me fired from a straight job, I think I would've just accepted that and looked for another job. I mean, I always figured it was an employer's right to fire you for whatever reason (although I personally have never been fired from any job. No reason to fire me: I'm hard-working and reliable).
I never considered that it might be "sexual discrimination" to fire a woman for being a former (or even current) exotic dancer.
I'm kind of on the fence about it now... but leaning more toward the "that's bullsh!t" side of the fence.

I think that even if she won her suit and they weren't allowed to fire her over being a dancer, they'd find some other reason.
They probably hate her now.

I do have to wonder, however, if they'd fire their male employees for patronizing strip clubs.
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Interesting article, but you left out the most important part.

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Wait, she stopped by and did a few dances for exorcise? WTF?
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Wait, she stopped by and did a few dances for exorcise? WTF?
Yeah, that's stupid.
I think she put herself through school by dancing, and then for some reason couldn't entirely let go of the lifestyle.
I've known plenty of women like that: they'd leave dancing to get a straight job, but they'd be back a month later, drawn to the quick easy money and whatever else the business has to offer. I think for some of them, it was an ego thing. An ego boost. For others, their entire social life revolves around the club they work at.

For myself, I never looked back. I danced until i was so sick of it that I still feel a little nauseated when we're going down the highway and we drive past one of my old clubs. I have to consciously remind myself that I never have to go back there again.
But it was fun and interesting for the first couple of years.
After that, it turned sort of psychologically toxic, at least for me.
I guess for this lady, it's still in the "fun and interesting" phase.
Still, she needn't offer lame excuses about how she can't afford a health club membership and exotic dancing is her exercise.
It's either okay to do it, or it's not. If it is, she doesn't need any excuse. If it's not, no excuse will suffice.
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Yeah, that's stupid.
I think she put herself through school by dancing, and then for some reason couldn't entirely let go of the lifestyle.
I've known plenty of women like that: they'd leave dancing to get a straight job, but they'd be back a month later, drawn to the quick easy money and whatever else the business has to offer. I think for some of them, it was an ego thing. An ego boost. For others, their entire social life revolves around the club they work at.

For myself, I never looked back. I danced until i was so sick of it that I still feel a little nauseated when we're going down the highway and we drive past one of my old clubs. I have to consciously remind myself that I never have to go back there again.
But it was fun and interesting for the first couple of years.
After that, it turned sort of psychologically toxic, at least for me.
I guess for this lady, it's still in the "fun and interesting" phase.
Still, she needn't offer lame excuses about how she can't afford a health club membership and exotic dancing is her exercise.
It's either okay to do it, or it's not. If it is, she doesn't need any excuse. If it's not, no excuse will suffice.
I would think something along those lines as well. She likes the attention or knows she can grab a quick couple hundred anytime.

On the firing I think they can do that. Some professions require a certain amount of credibility and reporting is one of those. Pretty crappy of the other reporter to out her though.
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On the bright side, she'll probably see her tips increase astronomically now that she's "famous".
She ought to create a routine around it; come out onstage in a business suit, glasses, and hair pulled severely back, and strip down from that. Customers would love it, she'd make a killing.
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I do have to wonder, however, if they'd fire their male employees for patronizing strip clubs.
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The Chronicle has every right to fire her imho.
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On what grounds, do you think?
Moral unfitness, or what?
What if she was outed as being a swinger, or having an affair with a married man?
How far does one's employer have the right to pry into one's private life?
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On what grounds, do you think?
Moral unfitness, or what?
What if she was outed as being a swinger, or having an affair with a married man?
How far does one's employer have the right to pry into one's private life?
Like Clinton fired Monica?

Yes, they had the right to fire her for lying on her application. So far all we have heard is her side of the story. For all we know the paper may have given her multiple chances to give up stripping and keep her job.
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An employer has every right to fire any of their employees for any reason they want, IMO.

That said, they're ****ing idiots. She didn't misrepresent herself. She wasn't doing anything illegal. She wasn't doing anything wrong. It didn't adversely affect her credibility or anything related to her job as a journalist.
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