A transgender “Hamilton” forged member says their contract wasn’t renewed after they requested a gender-neutral dressing room for performers at a Los Angeles theater, in response to a discrimination cost filed with the U.S. EEOC.
Suni Reid, who’s Black, nonbinary, and makes use of the pronouns they/them, mentioned that after their June 2021 request, they skilled illegal retaliation together with contract suspension and sidelining from rehearsals, previews, and opening night time.
As a part of the hit musical’s forged on Broadway and productions in Los Angeles and Chicago, Reid has carried out a number of roles together with Aaron Burr, George Washington, Hercules Mulligan/James Madison, and Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson.
Regardless that a gender-neutral dressing room was ultimately offered, Reid’s contract wasn’t renewed, they instructed the Equal Employment Alternative Fee. A cost to the federal civil rights company is step one earlier than litigation may be filed underneath Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The cost moreover alleges that Reid skilled harassment and discrimination by different actors and administration, together with being bodily threatened and repeatedly mis-gendered. In addition they introduced race bias claims.
“Publicly, Hamilton is a beacon of variety and seems dedicated to causes searching for social justice and concord,” Reid’s attorneys, Lawrence M. Pearson and Lindsay M. Goldbrum of Wigdor LLP, mentioned in a Wednesday assertion. “Backstage, nevertheless, the Firm’s administration will power out a Black, transgender forged member just because they stood up for themselves and advocated for a extra equitable office, and due to this fact referred to as that public picture into query.”
The cost is filed towards the musical itself and manufacturing firms Adventureland LLC and Eliza Tour LLC.
A Hamilton spokesman denied Reid’s allegations in an emailed assertion.
“Suni Reid was a valued forged member for greater than three years. We supplied them a contract to return to Hamilton with phrases attentive to their requests,” mentioned spokesman Shane Marshall Brown. “We’ve not discriminated or retaliated towards Suni.”
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