Lizzo Sued by Another Ex-Employee Over Racial, Sexual Harassment
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Lizzo’s legal battles are now piling up. After facing heavy accusations for bullying and sexual harassment last month, the pop icon is once again sued by another former tour employee.
Lizzo Faces Another Lawsuit for Hostile Work Environment
As per the legal documents obtained by TMZ, Lizzo is now facing allegations tied to “inappropriate working conditions.” Asha Daniels is claiming that she was hired by a member of Lizzo’s team Amanda Nomura to join the singer’s 2023 tour as a wardrobe employee.
Daniels then claimed that her work has been grueling — going from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and getting breaks refused. According to the ex-employee, Nomura often made racist and fatphobic comments during work. Specifically, Nomura allegedly called Black women on tour “dumb,” “useless,” and “fat.”
Furthermore, Daniel claimed that Nomura demanded her to not dress sexy when Lizzo’s boyfriend was around, as this would make Lizzo jealous. She then claimed that the same team member rolled a clothing rack over her ankle, causing her an injury. Then, when she slipped on a pair of Crocs to ease the swelling, she was reprimanded and told to on a pair of tennis shoes.
Daniels eventually raised these concerns to Lizzo’s tour manager Carlina Gugliotta hoping that they will be relayed to Lizzo. However, she was fired before her contract was even set to end.
Consequently, Daniels is suing for sexual harassment, racial harassment, disability discrimination and more. She’s asking for damages including unpaid wages, loss of earnings and others.
Her Legal Team Responds to the Allegations
Amid these unpleasant experiences, Daniels claimed that she’s now suffering from ongoing anxiety and PTSD. She also claimed that she’s been having migraines, ocular distortions, brain fog and fatigue.
Soon after the heavy allegations, Lizzo’s legal team chose to not take the issue sitting down. Her spokesman, Stefan Friedman responded to the accusations.
“As Lizzo receives a Humanitarian Award tonight from the Black Music Action Coalition for the incredible charitable work she has done to lift up all people, an ambulance-chasing lawyer tries to sully this honor by recruiting someone to file a bogus, absurd publicity-stunt lawsuit who, wait for it, never actually met or even spoke with Lizzo,” Friedman said.
“We will pay this as much attention as it deserves. None,” he added.
The legal woe came after three women accused Lizzo of crimes of the same nature. These tour dancers claimed that they were forced to attend sex shows and were subjected to uncomfortable behavior and situations caused by Lizzo and her team.
Of these allegations, Lizzo said they are “as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous to not be addressed.”