Houston Chronicle reporter fired for stripper gig lands new journalism job
A reporter who was fired last year from the Houston Chronicle after she was outed as a stripper has landed a new journalism job.
Sarah Tressler, 30, was fired in April as a society reporter for the newspaper after failing to inform her supervisors of her after-hours career, which she chronicled on her blog, “Diary of an Angry Stripper.” Tressler’s second job was revealed by Houston Press’ Richard Connelly in a blog posting in March.
She’s now a reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, covering “cops, crime and general mayhem,” according to her Twitter account, which has more than 1,500 followers.
After hiring celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, Tressler sued her former employer’s parent company, the Hearst Corp., which also owns the Express-News, alleging that the firing was unfair.
“I was notified … that I was being terminated because my prior activity as an adult dancer was not disclosed when I applied for the job,” according to the gender discrimination complaint filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. “I believe that the stated reason for my termination was pretextual in that I answered the questions that were put to me truthfully in connection with my application for employment. The true reason from my termination was discrimination on account of my gender.”
Tressler, in a statement obtained by FoxNews.com in May, said she was told by “many editors” that she was doing good work as a reporter.
“I don’t believe that I should have been terminated because of a claim that I did not disclose on my employment application that I worked as an exotic dancer,” the statement read. “There was no question on the form that covered my dancing.”
Allred said Tressler had been employed full-time by the Houston Chronicle from Jan. 19 to March 27. She earned her journalism degree from New York University in 2009 and later worked as a stringer for US Weekly in Los Angeles.
“In order to support herself, Sarah started performing as an exotic dancer beginning when she was 22 years old,” Allred said in a statement in May. “Her only other job at that time was as a barista at Starbucks earning $7.25 an hour. She needed the extra money to help pay for college and other expenses.”
Allred said Tressler worked as an independent contractor when she danced at exotic clubs and therefore did not need to list that activity when she applied for the full-time newspaper position.
“Sarah’s work as a dancer is lawful and is not a crime,” Allred’s statement continued. “It does not, has not and will not affect her ability to perform her job as a journalist.”
Attempts to reach Tressler on Wednesday were unsuccessful.
FoxNews.com's Joshua Rhett Miller contributed to this report.