Reporter claims she was fired for being a stripper
Debate over woman's legal case
- Duration 5:26
- Date May 11, 2012
Debate over woman's legal case
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Our next story the Houston Chronicle is facing accusations add gender discrimination.
By a former reporter the chronicle fired -- -- slur after a rival Paper reported she also worked part time.
As a stripper -- says she only dated occasionally.
And at times she spent dancing on stage off so John doubled as her work out shouldn't have a membership sales and sure do things that she was able to accomplish.
According to -- she did not violate the papers policies and was surprised by her dismissal.
I was very upset that I was fired because I've been told by many editors that I was doing a great job.
I was covering high society and also doing in general assignments human interest stories men's and women's fashion and other stories.
I don't believe that I should have been terminated because of a claim that I did not disclose my employment application and I worked as an exotic dancer.
There was no question on the form that covered my dancing.
And they answered the questions on the form honestly.
There's no question about ideas and there -- no.
Stepped up hiring is gender discrimination Rebecca rose woodland is with that's a trial attorney and you could Jackson is a former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney welcome to you both but it's kind of -- case.
Rebecca she say she did a great job.
She says she very rarely did this and there was no questions on the form about exotic dancing so did her employer have the right to fire when they found out about that you know.
I I question whether or not what she is saying.
Is actually what happened she is -- alleging that they fired her for that we don't have a statement from Houston Chronicle as of yet as to why she was let go terminated she was an employee.
Pat will they have the right to terminate her if there was something on up form that was not completed properly.
That is between the Paper and her in a court of law.
For her -- her statements we cannot rely on entirely.
Covered high society for this very very renowned Paper.
And possibly they felt that there readership would find it a bit.
On what I -- yeah we should wait a.
Actually don't know that though right Rebecca -- we actually comment to Diane in his weekly an interesting twist all of their heads.
She hasn't Twitter feed and a blog where she writes as the angry stripper and anyone who's ever worked in the newsroom knows that you can't blog elsewhere report elsewhere you can't do anything like that.
Because -- looked at as competition.
So what have -- he -- Now that have a leading to her well -- if if that was the actual reason for her discharge that would be one thing but this a question as -- whether that was the reason or was it just because of our artistic expression.
Dancing -- -- -- -- -- -- -- The -- -- is saying that federal laws that protect its its gender discrimination it's 1964.
Civil Rights Act it's called title seven.
And it's that you cannot discriminate based on gender the fact is is that discrimination need not be intentional you just have to demonstrate that it has a disparate impact that is it adversely affects a class of people let's examine this quickly the point -- he -- a masses in journalism by all accounts he was doing -- job and an admirable way and they're back this point there's always factual questions to be fair.
As to who's being honest who's not that's what juries -- four ultimately.
But I think the EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will take this seriously and if her firing -- -- was predicated upon our stripping.
I think that there's a problem.
-- remember he's an artist -- -- -- arm is wait a minute we don't have a big step from being fired because she was a stripper to it being gender discrimination.
If she -- Manuel and stripping it Chippendale.
Maybe they were fired -- you -- EE EOC in this fashion is an appropriate here I am not claiming outlook if she is an issue with why she was fired that's one thing.
But to -- gender discrimination we're going a little.
Far and I'll live and -- -- on his.
Lot of the problem as is that if you look at the field yes they are men who strip but it's mostly women rights of woman dying to perfection and therefore it adversely impacts -- it has nothing to do her job ability it has nothing to do with what we -- out of her pocket she is they want the full report to -- our job.
How do we know that but how do we know that personally know how old by every could.
They provide does that actually do you like claiming we don't know -- to Houston -- don't expect possibly they feel it was very adversely affecting their readership.
By a woman who's covering high society and then stripping him using orange thing about it well it -- increase -- yeah.
That's very -- only -- -- -- point.
You know Barack Obama is again not very -- -- -- didn't ax and got the Houston Chronicle again no comment when we get one we will share that with their viewers -- invite you both back UA can even get to be.
The -- explanation is line.
That's something we need to discuss the more I think she was strictly to get the -- out and look at -- -- better than that -- it's ridiculous doing our job my back I'll be nice.
Happily Rebecca what -- back thank you very -- I think you're.
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