LA County Lifeguard sues over refusal to work near rainbow-painted tower at Will Rogers Beach – The Malibu Times

Lifeguard tower at Will Rogers State Beach. Photo by Samantha Bravo/TMT.

A devout Christian evangelical who served as a Los Angeles County lifeguard at Will Rogers Beach is suing the county for requiring him to work near a rainbow-painted tower. Jeffrey Little, who has worked as a lifeguard in the county for more than 20 years, also claims he was punished for removing three Pride flags from LA County lifeguard towers. The city of Los Angeles and LA County have both authorized the flying of LGBTQ+ supportive flags on government buildings.

Little’s station at Will Rogers Beach in Pacific Palisades is home to a historic LGBTQ+-friendly section known as Ginger Rogers Beach, named after the glamorous Hollywood actress and dancer, and known as a gay beach since the 1940s. Little told his superiors last year that he wanted to be exempt from the province’s policy of flying a modified version of the rainbow flag, which represents people of color, transgender and non-binary people. His bosses granted him an exemption, but while he was again stationed at Dockweiler Beach, Little was ordered to raise the relevant flags again. His lawsuit alleges religious discrimination and emotional distress.

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