Reporter Fired For Stripping Claims Gender Discrimination
Sarah Tressler wants the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to see if the Houston Chronicle fired her based on gender.
Tressler covered high society, general assignments, human interest stories, men’s and women’s fashion and other stories for the newspaper for two months, Tressler said at a Los Angeles news conference Thursday. But she “very rarely” worked as a dancer, a skill that helped her pay for college, she said.
“Sometimes I would just go in for three hours at a time to get a workout in because stage rotation, if you’re doing it in 7-inch heels, is a really good way to get a workout in,” Tressler said. “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 was soon told by an editor that she was fired for not disclosing her dancing experience on her job application, Tressler said. “There was no question on the form that covered my dancing. I answered the questions on the form honestly.”