HR Strange But True!
August 25, 2011

Usually we hear about employees getting into trouble for not covering up enough. Not the case for 61-year-old New Yorker Roy Lester. He was fired for refusing to wear a Speedo®!

In 2007, Roy Lester, a longtime lifeguard, was informed he had to wear a Speedo for the annual swim test. Lester refused and showed up in his preferred lifeguard attire, a pair of biking shorts. Despite passing the test, he was fired for his choice in swimwear, according to the NY Daily News.

“I wore a Speedo when I was in my 20s,” Lester said. “But come on. There should be a law prohibiting anyone over the age of 50 from wearing a Speedo.”

According to Lester, the Speedo requirement is not just a crime against fashion, but also age discrimination.

“This was not right,” said Lester, who is representing himself in an age discrimination claim he has taken up with the state. “They were just trying to get rid of the older guys. To me the whole key to being a good lifeguard is experience. An older guy sees a save before anyone else. You know the water.”

Lester’s swimsuit suit against the state Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation was dismissed on technical grounds in 2008, as was another suit Lester filed in 2009. However, earlier this month an appeals court reinstated his claim.


NY Daily News

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