A transgender and non-binary actor who performed each lead and ensemble roles in a number of productions of “Hamilton” just lately filed an Equal Employment Alternative Fee criticism towards the present.
Suni Reid — who portrayed characters together with Aaron Burr, George Washington, Hercules Mulligan/James Madison and Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson within the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical — claimed that their contract was not renewed after they requested a gender-neutral dressing room throughout the Los Angeles leg of the present.
Reid performed roles throughout the Broadway, L.A. and Chicago productions of the acclaimed play. Reid alleged that they had been misgendered on a number of events and threatened bodily by the opposite actors.
Within the criticism, they requested for manufacturing to position a gender-neutral dressing room at NYC’s Pantages Theater. Reid’s contract was not renewed for one more 12 months beginning final month.
A spokesperson for “Hamilton” denied the allegations in an announcement to The Submit.
“Suni Reid was a valued forged member for greater than three years,” the rep mentioned. “We supplied them a contract to return to ‘Hamilton’ with phrases aware of their requests. We deny the allegations within the Cost.”
“We now have not discriminated or retaliated towards Suni. Because the shutdown, our group has taken care of our neighborhood. We now have handled Suni with the identical respect and consideration as all the corporate members of ‘Hamilton,’” the rep added. “Particularly, we’ve got given Suni direct monetary help, paid for his or her medical health insurance, and paid for his or her housing. We want Suni effectively of their future endeavors.”
In accordance with Deadline, Reid’s legal professionals Lawrence M. Pearson and Lindsay M. Goldbrum addressed the problem, saying, “Publicly, ‘Hamilton’ is a beacon of variety and seems dedicated to causes looking for social justice and concord.”
“Backstage, nonetheless, the Firm’s administration will power out a Black, transgender forged member just because they stood up for themselves and advocated for a extra equitable office, and subsequently known as that public picture into query,” they continued. “We sit up for upholding Mx. 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 criticism mentioned that the famed musical offered a gender-neutral dressing room in some unspecified time in the future after one other forged member, Rory O’Malley “generously supplied to surrender his dressing room, however the Firm nonetheless wouldn’t drop its retaliatory animus towards Mx. Reid and rescinded their contract renewal provide altogether.”