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Reporter fired for stripping files EEOC discrimination suit

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Firing,Human Resources

A former Houston Chronicle reporter has filed a sex discrimination complaint against the newspaper claiming she was illegally fired for failing to inform her bosses that she was moonlighting—as a stripper.

Sarah Tressler was a society and general reporter for the newspaper until she was fired in March. She has a journalism degree from New York University.

An article in the alternative weekly Houston Press newspaper disclosed Tressler’s after-hours work.

According to Gloria Allred, the celeb­­rity attorney who represents Tressler in her EEOC lawsuit, the firing is a clear case of sex discrimination. “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 said in May.

Allred contends that Tressler was not obligated to inform the Chronicle of her part-time gig, as she stripped as an independent contractor. “Sarah’s work as a dancer is lawful and is not a crime,” Allred said in a statement. “It does not, has not and will not affect her ability to perform her job as a journalist.”

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