New York lifeguard for 40 years loses job for not wearing Speedo, files lawsuit

By on Aug 19, 2011 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

A New York lifeguard for 40 years claimed that he was fired from his job when he refused to wear Speedo in a rehiring test, and eventually filed a lawsuit.

New York lifeguard Roy Lester
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According to US news sites on Thursday, August 18, 2011, Roy Lester, a Jones Beach lifeguard for 4 decades lost his job in 2007 because for refusing to wear Speedo, which was the new rule that time.

Lester, now 61, from Long Islands told reports that he was not allowed to take the annual rehiring test in 2007 by the New York state parks department and lost his weekend job as a lifeguard.

“I wore a Speedo when I was in my 20s. But come on. There should be a law prohibiting anyone over the age of 50 from wearing a Speedo.” Roy Lester was quoted at NY Daily News.

“This was not right. They were just trying to get rid of the older guys.” Lester added, who is also a bankruptcy lawyer and representing himself in the age discrimination claim.

As noted on the report, Lester filed a lawsuit in 2007 but lost and filed again in 2009 after he was not allowed again to take the rehiring test in which he wore his jammers, but the case was dismissed.

However, the suit was reinstated by an appeals court last week and the veteran lifeguard said he has a strong case this time, and noted that he can still pass the 100-yard swim as part of the requirement.

As of this writing, the New York state parks department has not released their comment on the case but emphasized on reports that it does not discriminate against people because of their age.

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