Veteran L.I. Lifeguard Fired Over His Age?

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A veteran Long Island lifeguard has filed an age discrimination lawsuit against Nassau County claiming that he was fired for failing a surprise swimming test while younger lifeguards, who also flunked, were kept on.

Jay Lieberfarb, 72, became a state lifeguard at Jones Beach in 1956 and in 2007 started working for the Nassau County Aquatic Center in Eisenhower Park.

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“One day they suddenly said that we had to do this timed swim,” Lieberfarb told 1010 WINS’ Mona River in an exclusive interview. “I was totally unprepared for it.”

Lieberfarb failed two swimming tests on June 23, 2009 but was given a second chance, according to the lawsuit. After passing one of the tests, he injured himself before getting a chance to take the other test.

The lawsuit claims Lieberfarb was told to return with a doctor’s note but was fired before he could provide one.

“It was sad and it was, I felt, unfair,” Leiberfarb said.

The lawsuit alleges younger lifeguards who also failed the tests were permitted to continue working until they passed both tests.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed the lawsuit seeking $25,000 in back pay and reinstatement for Lieberfarb.

The Valley Stream resident says he knew immediately that he found his calling five decades ago when he became a lifeguard and is hoping to continue his career.

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  1. Sue Fotti says:

    he sniffed my bike seat and was brought up on sexual harrasment charges. he’s a pig , he would change his bathing suit in front of everyone, he’s sick, he hides behind EEO, and ADL, he’s done, its over satan ,

  2. Jo Nesbeach says:

    Just look at that picture. AGE discrimination??????? or just COMMON SENSE. Lifeguards NEVER fail swim tests. Jay isnt a lifeguard and will get lots of money out of this, he’s going out the way he came in (with lawsuits)

  3. Jimmy says:

    Hey Jay, retire gracefully and give a younger person a chance at a job. You probably could Lifeguard in Florida.

  4. Jojo says:

    Eddie, try and tell that to the family of the victim he fails to save because he can’t get to them in a timely manner. If this guy did not fail his qualifications and was deemed fit then I would agree. But he did not with all of his experience. I agree with Sam

  5. Sam says:

    Sounds like sour grapes…How does someonewith 50 years experience fail something as basic as a swim test? Aren’t lifeguards suppose to keep in shape by swimming regularly….another frivilous lawsuit….money grabbing

  6. EDDIE says:

    SHAME ON THOSE MEATHEADS THEY MUST REMEMBER THAT THEY HAVE PARENTS HIS AGE,POOR MAN WE ALL MUST MAKE A LIVING GIVE HIM A BREAK YOU MEATHEADS !!

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