A 61-year-old New York lifeguard says he was weeded out due to his age four years ago when he was asked to wear a Speedo to partake in a swim test. He’s been entangled in age discrimination-based legal battles with the state ever since, and found success with an appeals court, which reinstated his previously dismissed case and will send the case to trial by next year.
The man spoke to the New York Daily News, showing a sense of humor about the situation:
I wore a Speedo when I was in my 20s. But come on. There should be a law prohibiting anyone over the age of 50 from wearing a Speedo.”
The man believes the Speedo test was an effort to get rid of older lifeguards at Jones Beach, which he says is manned mostly by lifeguards over age 40.
Lifeguard, 61, sues state for firing him after he refused to wear Speedo [New York Daily News]