19 Aug '11, 2pm
Former lifeguard, 61, sues over skimpy Speedo-style swimwear
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former US lifeguard is suing the New York State Department of Parks and Recreation for doing what he says they have no right to do - compelling a man in his late 50s to wear Speedo-style swim briefs. Roy Lester, now 61, began working as a lifeguard at Jones Beach in New York more than 40 years ago, but says he lost his weekend job after the state imposed new swimsuit rules in an annual rehiring test that he was uncomfortable complying with. 'People don't want to see old people in Speedos and that's what it comes down to, and I agree with them,' Mr Lester said. His discrimination lawsuit maintains that the parks department has a stated preference for young lifeguards and is using the dress code to force out older members of the corps.