Gabrielle Union is taking action!
A week after officially breaking her silence about the ‘toxic work environment’ at her former gig, ‘America’s Got Talent’ (as we reported here) the actress is moving forward with a formal complaint against the show’s producers.
“Union filed a harassment complaint Thursday (June 4) in the state of California against the producers and network behind “America’s Got Talent.” In addition to the complaint, she raised a new accusation that NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy threatened her over speaking out against racism on set.
Union, through power attorney Bryan Freedman, filed the complaint with California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), naming producers FremantleMedia and Simon Cowell’s Syco as well as NBCUniversal. DFEH complaints are often precursors to lawsuits.”
As of time reported, NBCUniversal, Fremantle and Cowell have not commented on the matter. Speaking on her behalf, lawyer Freedman stated:
“When Gabrielle Union informed NBC of racially offensive conduct during the taping of ‘America’s Got Talent,’ NBC did not ‘stand’ with her in ‘outrage at acts of racism,’” he said, invoking the company’s recent support of #BlackLivesMatter. “Instead, NBC did not care enough to either promptly investigate Ms. Union’s complaints or even ask HR to get involved. Rather, NBC stood against her and directed its “outrage” at Ms. Union for whistleblowing about the racially offensive conduct she experienced while working for NBC on ‘America’s Got Talent’.”