Friday, May 11, 2012

Houston reporter fired for past outside employment in "adult" entertainment and not disclosing it

The Huffington Post has a story about a reporter, Sarah Tressler, who was fired from the Houston Chronicle for not disclosing she had worked as an “adult entertainer”, when the newspaper did not even ask the question. She had worked infrequently in this manner, but only as an independent contractor, afterwards.

The story by Juan A. Lozano is here

Back in the mid 1990s, a female reporter for a newspaper in Tacoma, WA had been reassigned to copyediting for advocating gay activism publicly.  A Washington state supreme court upheld the right of the paper to do so because professional journalists must maintain a public face of absolute objectivity.

If you think about it, that’s the opposite of many careers these days, so based on hucksterism.

Tressler has filed a complaint with the EEOC, claiming gender bias/ 

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