A former “Hamilton” solid member filed a federal office criticism in opposition to the present on Wednesday, alleging that the present had retaliated and refused to resume a contract after the actor had requested a gender-neutral dressing room.
Within the criticism, filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Alternative Fee, legal professionals for the previous solid member, Suni Reid (who prefers the pronouns they/them), mentioned they have been sidelined and finally let go in September after requesting a gender-neutral house on the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles the place “Hamilton” was enjoying.
Within the 28-page criticism, Reid, a Black, nonbinary performer who has carried out with the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles productions of “Hamilton” since 2017, outlined a number of different situations of discrimination and harassment by solid members and administration through the years, together with episodes during which Reid mentioned they have been bodily threatened or deliberately and repeatedly misgendered.
The criticism mentioned Reid finally intends to pursue authorized claims in federal court docket. Submitting a cost of discrimination and retaliation with the E.E.O.C. is a precursor to submitting such a lawsuit.
“Publicly, ‘Hamilton’ is a beacon of variety and seems dedicated to causes searching for social justice and concord,” Reid’s legal professionals, Lawrence M. Pearson and Lindsay M. Goldbrum, mentioned in a press release. “Behind the scenes, nevertheless, the Firm’s administration will power out a Black, transgender solid member just because they stood up for themselves and advocated for a extra equitable office, and due to this fact known as that public picture into query.”
“We look ahead to upholding Reid’s rights and hope this can be a wake-up name for the theater business in regards to the systemic inequities that persist even at its best heights,” the assertion continued.
In its personal assertion, “Hamilton” mentioned Wednesday that Reid had been “a valued solid member” for years and mentioned the present had “provided them a contract to return to ‘Hamilton’ with phrases conscious of their requests.”
“We deny the allegations within the Cost,” the present mentioned. “We’ve got not discriminated or retaliated in opposition to Suni.” Throughout the shutdown, it added, “we’ve got given Suni direct monetary assist, paid for his or her medical health insurance, and paid for his or her housing. We want Suni effectively of their future endeavors.”
Reid has carried out within the ensemble in addition to in roles comparable to Aaron Burr, George Washington, Hercules Mulligan/James Madison, and Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, in line with the criticism.
It comes as Broadway and touring exhibits are working to search out their footing following a prolonged pandemic-related shutdown. Earlier this summer season, as a number of exhibits like “Hamilton” have been getting ready to restart, a number of the strongest gamers on Broadway signed a pact pledging to strengthen the business’s variety practices.
However Reid’s criticism paints an image of a poisonous office setting at “Hamilton” that stretched from coast to coast.
Reid was solid within the Broadway manufacturing of the present in 2017 and met hostility from the beginning, in line with the criticism. Reid finally requested a switch from the Broadway manufacturing and began with the Chicago firm of “Hamilton” in March 2019, in line with the criticism, and got here out publicly as transgender and gender-nonconforming. They have been consistently misgendered by co-workers, “at instances in a pointedly hostile or callous method,” in line with the criticism.
By 2020, Reid had begun rehearsals for the Los Angeles firm, however by no means was in a position to to hitch the Los Angeles solid in efficiency due to the shutdown, the criticism mentioned.
In Might, Reid was offered with a contract renewal for “Hamilton.” Round that point, they requested their agent, Michele Largé, to request a gender-neutral dressing room at Pantages that Reid and others might use. “Hamilton” officers then raised considerations about posts Reid had printed on social media describing racial fairness points on the present, in line with the criticism.
The present would finally conform to arrange gender-neutral dressing areas in each “Hamilton” theater. However within the fall, after Reid’s legal professionals knowledgeable the present that that they had authorized claims of discrimination, the present instructed Reid’s legal professionals that it was “now not open” to having Reid carry out in “Hamilton,” and that “renewal of their contract was now not an possibility,” the criticism mentioned.