Local Government

Lifeguards Fired Over Parody Videos May Get Jobs Back

Filmed "Gangnam Style" version at city pool


The lifeguards fired after making a spoof of the popular "Gangnam Style" video could get their jobs back soon, a reversal that comes after thousands — including the Korean rapper behind the viral song — came to their support.

But at least two of the 13 fired lifeguards said they are now unsure whether they would return to the El Monte Aquatic Center.

The City Council, on a split vote, directed the interim city manager to hire back the guards as well as their supervisor, terminated in September for filming at the municipal pool while wearing their uniforms — both violations of El Monte's employment policy.