Last Tuesday, August 1st, three former dancers for Grammy-winning artist Lizzo filed a sexual and racial harassment lawsuit against her, accusing her of creating a hostile work environment, including weight shaming and sexually denigrating behavior.
The lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, named Lizzo, her production company, and the captain of her dance team, Shirlene Quigley. The plaintiffs, Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez, claimed they were coerced into touching nude performers at an Amsterdam strip club in February this year. Davis alleged she was pressured to participate in a nude photo shoot to stay in a dance competition despite her discomfort. She feared she would lose her job if she did not comply with Lizzo’s requests. The complaint also states that Quigley allegedly harassed the dancers by subjecting them to her religious beliefs against their will. The plaintiffs also claimed that Quigley forced the topic of Davis’ virginity into conversations and interviews, and on social media where she publicly revealed personal details about Davis without her consent.
MNK Law will continue to monitor developments with respect to the lawsuit against Lizzo. For more information on harassment based on a protected class and hostile work environment under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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