Suni Reid, a Black non-binary and transgender actor who starred in Hamilton on Broadway, is alleging they professional gender-primarily based harassment whilst utilized by the generation, together with that they have been terminated for their social posts about the treatment method and for afterwards requesting gender-neutral dressing rooms.
The criticism was submitted with the Equal Work Option Commission’s Los Angeles district office environment towards Hamilton the Musical, Adventureland LLC and Eliza Tour LLC. It alleges that the production and its resourceful management crew commenced wanting for good reasons to cut ties with Reid just after the actor managed the production’s recommendation of cordoning off a area of the main male dressing location with a curtain or sheet was not a adequate resolution to their dressing room request.
In a assertion confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, Hamilton‘s producers and resourceful administration deny the allegations manufactured by Reid. “Suni Reid was a valued forged member for more than a few several years. We supplied them a agreement to return to Hamilton with terms responsive to their requests. We deny the allegations in the demand,” it states. “We have not discriminated or retaliated from Suni. Considering that the shutdown, our corporation has taken care of our group.”
It goes on to assert that Reid was treated with “the same regard and consideration as all the organization users of Hamilton” and was presented “direct financial assistance, compensated for their health insurance coverage and compensated for their housing.”
In accordance to Reid’s criticism, even though doing work on Hamilton — which bundled operates with the company’s New York, Chicago and Los Angeles productions — they were physically threatened in addition to staying intentionally and consistently misgendered. And although “the organization failed to act,” the complaint states, “the broad greater part of [Reid’s] fellow cast and crew are superb colleagues.”
“Unfortunately, for the duration of Mx. Reid’s a long time with the clearly show, which purports to be an icon of variety, they have expert frequent incidents of discrimination and harassment from solid users and administration of Hamilton based mostly on their race, sexual orientation/LGBTQ+ standing, gender and gender id,” component of the complaint reads.
“Much of this harassment happened in the dressing spaces for male performers that Mx. Reid had to use as a member of the solid in New York and Chicago,” it carries on.
Reid appeared in ensemble roles for the duration of the show’s Broadway run amongst Oct 2017 and March 2019 as George Washington, Aaron Burr and Hercules Mulligan/James Madison. Through the Chicago production, they served as a standby guide amongst March 2019 and January 2020 for the very same roles with the addition of Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson.
Wigdor LLP, a company that has represented victims in large-profile discrimination and harassment scenarios in the media and leisure marketplace like scenarios versus Harvey Weinstein, Fox News and the Recording Academy, filed the grievance on Reid’s behalf. In a statement offered to THR, Reid’s legal professionals Lawrence M. Pearson and Linsday M. Goldbrum explained they “hope this is a wake-up contact for the theater field about the systemic inequities that persist even at its finest heights.”
“Publicly, Hamilton is a beacon of diversity and seems fully commited to results in in search of social justice and harmony. Driving the curtain, nonetheless, the Company’s administration will force out a Black, transgender solid member simply just since they stood up for themselves and advocated for a much more equitable office, and consequently called that community graphic into dilemma.”
The grievance documents that Reid elevated fears around their mistreatment — such as people actual physical threats and misgendering — many periods, but that the firm showed “indifference.” That response “drove” Reid to article about the concern on social media on additional than 1 occasion, in attempts to spur motion in the business.
The request that a gender-neutral dressing space be instituted by the organization at the Pantages Theater for the duration of the Los Angeles creation of Hamilton was made around the May possibly and June 2021 negotiations for the renewal of Reid’s deal. It was at this issue, the grievance alleges, Reid’s contract was suspended due to their “problematic” media posts.
Though their negotiations were being suspended, Reid did not take part in quite a few weeks of rehearsals as nicely as preview performances, the opening night time and outside of. All through this time, the complaint states several cast associates “pushed back” from the handling of the dressing room ask for, with just one actor giving up and inevitably acquiring their dressing room turned into a gender-neutral place. Despite the transform, Hamilton nonetheless terminated its deal conversations with Reid and did not provide them back.
“The only explanation is that Mx. Reid was punished for generating lawfully guarded issues and requests to the Company,” the complaint states. “Though the Business did what it needed to in get to meet up with authorized obligations and quell unrest amid the cast, it would no more time tolerate or belief Mx. Reid as an staff who dared problem the meant ‘wokeness’ of the Firm as a business enterprise.”