In the EEOC filing, the actor, who is not binary, describes suffering retaliation for asking for a gender-neutral locker room, among other information. The show denies the uprisings.
A former cast member of "Hamilton " filed a federal complaint against the show on Wednesday, alleging the show hit back and refused to renew a contract after the actor requested a gender-neutral dressing room.
In the complaint filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, lawyers for the former actor, Suni Reid (who prefers the pronouns them / them), said they were put to the gap and were eventually released in September after requesting a gender-neutral space at the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles where "Hamilton " performed.
the28-page complaint, Reid, a non-binary black artist who performed with the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles productions of "Hamilton " sinc e 2017, described several other instances of discrimination and harassment by members of cast and direction over the years, including episodes in which Reid said he was physically threatened or was intentionally and repeatedly gender abusive.
The complaint indicated that Reid intended to press charges in federal court. File a charge of discrimination and retaliation with the E.E.O.C. is a precursor to the filing of such a lawsuit.
"Publicly, 'Hamilton ' is a beacon of
" We are eager to uphold Reid's rights and I hope this is a wake-up call for the theater industry on systemic inequalities that persist even at its highest level, "the statement continued.
In his own statement, " Hamilton "said Wednesday that Reid had been "a valued actor " for years and said the show had "offered them a contract to return to " Hamilton "w on terms suited to their demands.
"We deny the allegations of the prosecution," the show said. "We have not discriminated against or retaliated against Suni. " During the closurere, he added, “We provided direct financial support to Suni, paid for their health insurance and paid for their housing. We wish Suni good luck in their future endeavors. "
Reid has performed as a whole as well as in roles such as Aaron Burr, George Washington, Hercules Mulligan / James Madison and Marquis de Lafayette / Thomas Jefferson, according to the complaint.
It comes as Broadway and the touring shows struggle to find their place after a long stoppage related to the pandemic. Earlier this summer, as several shows like "Hamilton " prepared to reboot, some of Broadway's most powerful actors signed a pact committing to strengthen the practices of
But R's complainteid paints a picture of a toxic work environment in 'Hamilton' stretching from coast to coast.
Reid was chosen for the Broadway production of the show in 2017 and met hostility early on, according to the complaint. Reid eventually requested a transfer of the Broadway production and started with the Chicago-based company of "Hamilton " in March 2019, according to the complaint, and has been publicly revealed to be transgender and gender non-compliant. They were constantly manhandled by co-workers, "sometimes in an obviously hostile or callous manner ", according to the complaint.
By 2020, Reid had started rehearsals for the Los Angeles company, but was never able to join the Los Angeles cast due to the shutdown, according to the complaint.
May, Reid was presented with a contract renewal for "Hamilton. "Around this time, they asked their agent, Michele Large, to request a gender-neutral locker room in Pantages that Reid and others could use. According to the complaint, " Hamilton "officials then went on to expressed concern about the social media posts Reid posted describing racial equity issues on the show.
L ' The show would eventually agree to set up gender-neutral locker rooms in every “Hamilton.” But in the fall, after Reid's lawyers informed the show they had legal allegations of discrimination, the show 'show told lawyers for Reid that it was "no longer open " for Reid to perform in "Hamilton " and that "renewing their contract was no longer an option." said the complaint.