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Former Dancers File Lawsuit against Lizzo for Alleged Hostile Work Environment

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Popular rapper Lizzo, who is also a renowned advocate for body positivity and self-love, is currently facing legal challenges as three of her former dancers file a lawsuit against her and her production company, Big Grrrl Big Touring, Inc.

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 The lawsuit alleges that Lizzo created a hostile and abusive work environment, subjecting her dancers to sexual, racial, and religious harassment during various incidents spanning from 2021 to 2023.

The plaintiffs, Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez, claim that they experienced sexual harassment and mistreatment while working with Lizzo on tour. The former dancers assert that the singe, who advocates for self love and body positivity criticized one dancer for her weight gain and later fired her for recording a meeting.

Other allegations from the former dancers include Lizzo pressuring a dancer to touch a nude performer at a club in Amsterdam and subjecting several dancers to an arduous 12-hour audition based on false accusations of drinking on the job.

The lawsuit from the former dancers also points to Lizzo’s dance captain, Shirlene Quigley, who allegedly imposed her Christian beliefs on other performers, denigrated those who engaged in premarital sex, and engaged in lewd discussions and gestures.

Although the lawsuit does not explicitly state whether Lizzo was aware of Quigley’s behavior, the plaintiffs believe she might have been aware of previous complaints against Quigley.

The legal claims brought against Lizzo and her company include sexual harassment, creation of a hostile work environment, false imprisonment, and interference with prospective economic advantage.

Lawyer Ron Zambrano, representing the dancers, expressed disappointment in how Lizzo and her management team treated their performers, claiming it goes against Lizzo’s public image as a champion of self-acceptance.

“Plaintiffs were aghast with how little regard Lizzo showed for the bodily autonomy of her employees and those around her, especially in the presence of many people whom she employed,” the suit says.

Lizzo’s representatives have not yet responded to the allegations.

The lawsuit goes into detail about an incident at an Amsterdam club earlier in the year, where Lizzo allegedly engaged in inappropriate activities with cast members. The suit describes instances where Lizzo pressured dancers to touch nude performers and encouraged them to engage in demeaning behavior on stage.

The former dancers, Davis and Williams, were part of Lizzo’s dance competition show on Amazon, “Watch Out for the Big Grrrls,” before joining her tour. Williams claims she was fired in April, with the reason given as budget cuts, while Davis alleges she was let go in May after being criticized for her weight and for recording performance notes.

Rodriguez, the third plaintiff, quit her role in response to the mistreatment from her teammates and Quigley’s religious proselytizing. She asserts that management did not address the concerns raised about Quigley’s behavior.

As the legal proceedings unfold, Lizzo has continued her busy tour schedule, spreading her performances across North America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia in 2023.

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