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Lifeguard Fired for Refusing to Wear Speedo Sues State
NBCNewYork.com ^ | 08/18/2011

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 aren’t referenced.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: New York
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A 61 year old guy in a grape smuggler? No, thanks.
1 posted on 08/18/2011 4:54:12 AM PDT by Puppage
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To: Puppage
“But come on. There should be a law prohibiting anyone over the age of 50 from wearing a Speedo.”

Hear, hear!
2 posted on 08/18/2011 4:55:52 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: Puppage

Hopefully, the Speedo was not flesh-colored. Yikes!


3 posted on 08/18/2011 5:05:31 AM PDT by Londo Molari
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To: Puppage

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.


4 posted on 08/18/2011 5:10:10 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Puppage

5 posted on 08/18/2011 5:16:18 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Is that Rosie O’Donnell?


6 posted on 08/18/2011 5:17:10 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage
They have a problem with banana hammocks?

7 posted on 08/18/2011 5:17:19 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: Hatteras
"'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.'" I'm afraid I must respectfully disagree with you.
8 posted on 08/18/2011 5:20:28 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

I’m with you - she can wear whatever she wants to...


9 posted on 08/18/2011 5:32:02 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: ThunderSleeps
I’m with you - she can wear whatever she wants to...

Or not. ;-)
10 posted on 08/18/2011 5:42:41 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: Puppage

don’t worry... he has a comfy luxury retirement package waiting for him

(and no that wasn’t a pun)


11 posted on 08/18/2011 5:46:24 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Puppage
I look FANTASTIC in a speedo!!!!!!

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...........................................................................................ain't the interenet wonderful...

12 posted on 08/18/2011 5:47:53 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Anyone have a picture of helen thomas in a speedo. Just askin’...


13 posted on 08/18/2011 5:52:51 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Puppage

“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.


14 posted on 08/18/2011 5:58:35 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
“But come on. There should be a law prohibiting anyone over the age of 50 from wearing a Speedo.”

More like 30.
15 posted on 08/18/2011 5:59:50 AM PDT by crosshairs (If Sharia Law becomes the law of the land, heads are gonna roll.)
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To: hal ogen

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!


16 posted on 08/18/2011 6:02:41 AM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (DeMint /Palin, DeMint/Bachmann, DeMint/Cain, DeMint/Ryan 2012!!!!!!!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“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.


17 posted on 08/18/2011 6:11:08 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin in 2012)
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To: Puppage
How about “expanding” that to anyone more than 10 Lbs over normal height/weight ratios wearing spandex in public (been to your local Walmart lately?) on any part of their body (OK - maybe their face).
18 posted on 08/18/2011 6:17:51 AM PDT by Apercu ("Obama is graffiti on the wall of American History")
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To: Puppage

TTIUWP.

(Useless as an instrument of terror, anyway.)


19 posted on 08/18/2011 6:23:12 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Puppage

It’s not for a fashion show. It’s for speed. In my emergency service people I want speed.


20 posted on 08/18/2011 6:25:57 AM PDT by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will have more quality executive experience than Barack Obama.)
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To: jimfree

The few hundredths of a second that a Speedo racing suit offers over Speedo swim trunks are not going to help you that much.


21 posted on 08/18/2011 6:41:24 AM PDT by Vor Lady (Everyone should read The Importance of the Electoral College by Geo. Grant)
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To: Puppage

Next - Burger King and McDonald’s employees sue for being forced to wear THEIR uniforms.

Can lawsuits by police and firemen be far behind?


22 posted on 08/18/2011 7:24:11 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Want.


23 posted on 08/18/2011 4:18:45 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Puppage
Roy Lester believes neither he nor any other man his age has any business wearing the skimpy swimsuit.

Three cheers for Roy!

Hip hip Hurray!

Hip hip Hurray!

Hip hip Hurray!

24 posted on 08/18/2011 4:24:53 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Can we ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Easily. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.)
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To: Puppage
“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.”

As someone who used to live in Miami, all I can say is, "Preach it Lester!"

25 posted on 08/19/2011 1:11:52 AM PDT by Mila
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To: Mila
Oops, that would be-

"Preach it, ROY!"

26 posted on 08/19/2011 1:16:05 AM PDT by Mila
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