Skip to comments.Lifeguard Fired for Refusing to Wear Speedo Sues State
Posted on 08/18/2011 4:53:59 AM PDT by Puppage
A 61-year-old man who claims he was fired from his Jones Beach lifeguard job of 40 years because he refused to wear a Speedo for the yearly swim test is suing the state for age discrimination.
Roy Lester believes neither he nor any other man his age has any business wearing the skimpy swimsuit.
I wore a Speedo when I was in my 20s, Lester, who was 58 when he says he was forced out of his lifeguard post in 2007, told the Daily News. But come on. There should be a law prohibiting anyone over the age of 50 from wearing a Speedo.
Lester argues that the Speedo requirement was implemented to force aging lifeguards like him off the beach.
He filed two previous age discrimination suits against the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation one in 2008 and one a year later; both were dismissed.
Just last week, an appeals court ruled that his lawsuit could proceed. It could go to trial in Nassau County in the next two years, reports the News.
State officials declined comment.
State policy requires male lifeguard candidates to wear boxer, briefs or board shorts during the annual 100-yard swim they must complete in a minute and 15 seconds.
State officials did not tell the News whether a Speedo-specific clause was in place when Lester showed up to take his swim test in 2007.
According to city regulations, lifeguards are required only to don a bathing suit for the test; the specific size and type of the suit arent referenced.
Hopefully, the Speedo was not flesh-colored. Yikes!
If you are an adult of any age and not actively competing in a competitive swim meet you should be arrested for wearing a Speedo.
Is that Rosie O’Donnell?
I’m with you - she can wear whatever she wants to...
don’t worry... he has a comfy luxury retirement package waiting for him
(and no that wasn’t a pun)
...........................................................................................ain't the interenet wonderful...
Anyone have a picture of helen thomas in a speedo. Just askin’...
“boxer, briefs or board shorts.. “According to city regulations, lifeguards are required only to don a bathing suit for the test”
This typifies news stories anymore. Headline says one thing (”old man forced to wear speedo”) story says the opposite.
But hey, they got you to read it. Right?
And chances are the morning drive time radio shows may pick it up too for some exagerated guffaws.
LOL! Spare us, please!
We went to DC on vacation last week and ate breakfast at the Corner Bakery Cafe in the National Press Building. I had to drink my coffee and eat my breakfast right under a photo of Helen Thomas! Luckily it was an older photo and not as gross as her current one!
But come on. There should be a law prohibiting anyone over the age of 50 from wearing a Speedo.
I’ll amend that to
There should be a law prohibiting anyone from wearing a Speedo.
I am a woman, and I don’t like to see a Speedo on anyone no matter how great his body is.
(Useless as an instrument of terror, anyway.)
It’s not for a fashion show. It’s for speed. In my emergency service people I want speed.
The few hundredths of a second that a Speedo racing suit offers over Speedo swim trunks are not going to help you that much.
Next - Burger King and McDonald’s employees sue for being forced to wear THEIR uniforms.
Can lawsuits by police and firemen be far behind?
Three cheers for Roy!
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As someone who used to live in Miami, all I can say is, "Preach it Lester!"
"Preach it, ROY!"
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