Lizzo is addressing a lawsuit filed by three of her former dancers who claim a hostile work environment and harassment while working for her.
The allegations in the lawsuit include Lizzo apparently shaming an employee because of her weight, and also pressuring a former dancer to physically interact with nude performers at an Amsterdam night club.
The dancers accused Lizzo of calling attention to one dancer’s weight gain and later berating and then firing her. Notably, Lizzo is known for embracing body positivity and celebrating her physique.
Lizzo responded to the accusations through a post on her social media: “My work ethic, morals and respectfulness have been questioned. Usually, I choose not to respond to false allegations, but these are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous to not be addressed.”
She also stated, “As an artist, I have always been very passionate about what I do. I take my music and my performances seriously because at the end of the day. I only want to put out the best art that represents me and my fans. With passion comes hard, work and high standards.”
There will likely be substantial discovery in this lawsuit, and we may find out if the allegations are “Rumors” or not. If not, Lizzo will quickly learn that the “Truth Hurts” and her former dancers will be entitled to damages.
Such accusations can hurt her career and her reputation. The same is true for any employer who is sued for sexual harassment or for not providing a safe work environment. Employers are required to provide a safe and comfortable workspace to their employees. If they fail to do so, the employee may have grounds to sue under Florida and federal law.
Cotzen Law has expertise in this area, having represented both employees and employers.