It's not uncommon for educators to lose their jobs after their past careers or sidelines as sexy models come to light. The rationale is that these professionals should be role models for impressionable minds. But Sarah Hunter, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, contends she lost two jobs in two months -- as a bartendar, and a hostess -- because of her work as a nude model.
In an interview with the central Pennsylvania Fox affiliate, Fox43, Hunter didn't name the employers nor did she explain how she knew her career in the adult industry was to blame for her dismissals. She was unapologetic about her work and said she continues to work as a "fetish model." "I'm not ashamed of anything I've done," she told Fox43. "As long as it doesn't affect the work that you're doing now and you show up on time and you do your job and you're good at it, it doesn't seem to me that other jobs you've had in the past have had any impact on that," Hunter added.
It's not clear, however, that these employers would be violating the law by firing her. Every state but Montana is an "at-will employment" state, which means in 49 states "an employer can fire employees for any reason or no reason at all," according to AOL Jobs blogger and employment attorney Donna Ballman. "Whether your employer doesn't like your shirt, wakes up in a bad mood, or just feels like it, they can fire you at-will unless you have a contract or union agreement saying otherwise," Ballman wrote.
Hunter didn't say she plans to sue, and FOX43's legal analyst Steven Breit was doubtful Hunter would be able to prove discrimination. "It's very easy, as an employer, to craft reasons why someone is going to be terminated," he told the outlet. "And as long as they're articulated in a non-discriminatory fashion, it is hard to prove a discrimination case."
In fact, workers from many industries have found themselves out of luck after they've been dismissed as a result of their erotic careers coming to light.
Hunter, for her part, told FOX43 she has found it difficult to find employment outside of the adult entertainment industry. But she thinks it's foolish for employers to consider erotic careers when making hiring and firing decisions.
"I know plenty of very educated, very intelligent women, myself included, who get into the sex industry because it's what they enjoy, it's what they like and they're good at it," she told Fox43. "But that doesn't, in any way, make someone less capable of doing any other kind of job."
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