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OFF BEAT: Reporter fired for moonlighting as stripper files EEOC complaint


A Texas reporter got canned for showing her cans when her employer learned she moonlighted as a stripper.

Sarah Tressler, a former reporter with the Houston Chronicle covering Texas high society and general assignment stories, this week filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over the newspaper’s decision to let her go, according to news reports.

Ms. Tressler was told by superiors at the Houston Chronicle that she was fired for not disclosing her “part-time” job after a rival newspaper published a story about her career background sans journalism.

“I was very upset that I was fired, because I had been told by many editors that I was doing a good job,” Ms. Tressler reportedly said during a news conference, noting that the application form for the newspaper did not delve into dancing experience.

“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,” she said at the news conference.

Ms. Tressler said she didn’t have a gym membership.

She is represented by famous Beverly Hills, Calif., attorney Gloria Allred, who said Ms. Tressler did not break any laws by dancing and called her dismissal gender discrimination.

The Houston Chronicle declined to comment, as it has not seen the complaint, according to media reports.

Ms. Tressler, who reportedly has a master’s degree in journalism, said she seldom danced but did so to help pay for college.

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