A Houston Chronicle reporter who was fired from her job shortly after being outed as a part-time stripper filed a federal gender discrimination complaint this week.
Sarah Tressler, 30, alleges that the newspaper let her go in March for failing to indicate on her employment application that she had worked as an exotic dancer.
‘I was very upset that I was fired because I had been told by many editors that I was doing a good job…There was no question on the form that covered my dancing. I answered the questions on the form honestly,’ Tressler said in a statement.
‘The true reason for my termination was discrimination on account of my gender,’ Tressler added.
Sarah Tressler, 30, was fired by the Houston Chronicle after it became known that she has been moonlighting as a stripper.
Society girl: Sarah Tressler, 30, was fired by the Houston Chronicle after it became known that she has been moonlighting as a stripper
Miss Tressler announced she had filed the complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) during a Thursday news conference with her lawyer, celebrity attorney Gloria Allred.
The Houston Chronicle declined to comment on the complaint. The EEOC said it could not confirm or deny whether it had received a complaint.
Tressler was employed full time by the newspaper between January 19 and March 27, covering high society, general assignments, human interest stories and fashion.
She previously worked as a freelance reporter for the newspaper, as well as for Us Weekly and GLOSS Magazine.
While working for the conservative Chronicle, Miss Tressler also anonymously wrote a personal blog called ‘Diary of an Angry Stripper’ that boldly painted a picture of her life dancing at local men’s clubs, which she has been doing on and off since the age of 22, according to CNN.
Tressler’s job as an exotic dancer was first made public by the Houston Press, a rival newspaper, which published an expose about the brunette’s raunchy double life.
On Thursday, her attorney said that after Tressler was hired by the Houston Chronicle, she only rarely worked as an exotic dancer.
The 30-year-old said she would sometimes perform on stage for a few hours just to get a workout since she did not have a gym membership.
Allred went on to say that her client was not an employee of any particular club, and therefore did not need to list her dancing when she applied for her full-time position with the Chronicle.
‘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.’
The 30-year-old, who is also an adjunct professor at the University of Houston, said that she has already found a new writing job in Houston for an unnamed publication.